Brexit at Noon: Yorkshire & Swiss Edition

If you live in Yorkshire, today is Yorkshire Day. I do, so I will wish you Happy Yorkshire Day! If you are in Switzerland, today is the Swiss National Day. And the Swiss have a lot to celebrate. They have a good working relationship with the European Union, but do not have Brussels' bureaucrats meddling in their laws. Switzerland is fourth on Heritage Foundation's Index of Economic Freedom - and the freest country in Europe.  Continue reading

Brexit at Noon: Free Market Edition

On this day in 1912, Milton Friedman was born. He was one of the most influential, if not the most influential, economists of the 20th Century. My favourite quote of his is, "Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself."  When the cat's away, the mice will play. That more or less sums up what some are saying about Philip Hammond's intervention last week. Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary is having none of it, and has insisted the Cabinet has not agreed a deal to allow free movement of labour for three years after Brexit. Continue reading

Electric and driverless cars are the future thanks to the free market

Allister Heath wrote an article this week in the Telegraph about electric and driverless cars. The headlines reads, "These aren't the dying days of the car, but the start of a driving renaissance". It's very upbeat look into the future - a future where electric, driverless cars will take you to work whilst you are eating your breakfast, or catching up with paperwork. You could even watch a DVD (or whatever will replace it in the future) knowing that you don't have to do anything other than open a box of popcorn, sit back, and enjoy.  Will driverless cars be the future? Who knows? I certainly wouldn't bet against it, although if the predictions in Back to the Future are anything to go by, we should caution ourselves not to expect too much from advances in technology.  Continue reading

Brexit at Noon: Welcome to the Hotel California?

This morning I listened to the 1976 hit 'Hotel California' by the Eagles. Given Philip Hammond's interview on the Today programme earlier, it seemed like an apt choice. Continue reading

Hospital staff in Hull and East Yorkshire banned from vaping on hospital grounds

I has an appointment at Castle Hill Hospital in East Yorkshire on Tuesday afternoon. As I was putting my £2 into the parking meter, I noticed this sign above it.    Although I oppose banning smoking in the great outdoors - there's no reason for it other than to beat-up smokers for being smokers - I thought that at least the hospital has realised the difference between smoking and vaping. After reading the sign again, I realised that staff were not included.  Continue reading