Another low for the tobacco control lobby in the United States

Many cities in the United States are raising the age to purchase tobacco products to 21 years. Some of the rhetoric coming out of the groups campaigning for draconian legislation would be at home in a totalitarian state. It's not what you would expect (or shouldn't expect) from a country that likes to think that it leads the free world.  Detroit Lakes is one of those US cities contemplating raising the age, and supporters don't want to stop there. They are also "discussing exceeding state law in defining vaping as smoking, banning vaping where smoking is banned and removing the business owners right to choose, banning smoking/vaping patios, etc." Continue reading

LISTEN: Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns, discusses security v freedom on BBC Three Counties Radio

Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns at The Freedom Association, discussed the issue of security v freedom on BBC Three Counties Radio, in the wake of more Islamist terrorist atrocities in Spain. The other guest is Professor Anthony Glees, Director of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham. The presenter is Yasmeen Khan.    Continue reading

Another day, another anti-vaping scare story in the Daily Mail

There really isn't any evidence to prove that e-cigarettes encourage teenagers to smoke, and even this new research from the university of Leeds doesn't prove it. Even the researchers, according to Reuters, "urged caution in interpreting its results, noting that while e-cigarette use has increased in Britain, rates of smoking have continued to fall".  Despite this, once again the Daily Mail latches on to the story in order to spread more misinformation. I know the British Medical Journal (BMJ) press release didn't help by saying that e-cigarettes may be prompting UK teens to try smoking. But even the BMJ covered itself by saying "may".  Continue reading

Comment - Soothe the EU’s loss of Five Eyes by adding a Sixth: Ireland

Writing in City AM this morning, Rory Broomfield, Director of The Freedom Association, argues that there is a case for the UK to lobby for Ireland's inclusion into the Five Eyes Alliances.  Continue reading

Sarah Champion has been sacrificed for speaking the truth

I have long admired Sarah Champion since she became the Labour MP for Rotherham in November 2012. Even though we disagree politically on most things, she is a dedicated and hard working MP. She is certainly a breath of fresh air when compared to her predecessor in the constituency, Denis MacShane. Enough said about him, the better.  When I read her article in The Sun last week, I was pleased that someone from the left in British politics had the guts to say it as it is. It now appears that the opening words of her article were added by The Sun, however, they were only added with the permission of her office. Here are those words:  Continue reading