Comments from leader of “EU minnow country” go down badly with Brexit peer Lord Stoddart of Swindon

The independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon has taken the new Prime Minister of the Irish Republic, Leo Varadkar to task about his contribution to the ongoing debate over Brexit and advised the “stripling leader of a mini-state” to “learn his trade” before presuming to lecture the United Kingdom. Continue reading

Vapefest highlights the stupidity of the Tobacco Products Directive

I attended Vapefest in Shrewsbury at the weekend. Although I had a good time, it was certainly much flatter than it was last year. I don't know if it was because of the weather forecast, or the law of diminishing returns, but there were significantly fewer people attending compared to last year.  Another noticeable difference from last year was the way e-liquid manufacturers were selling their wares. Last year, you could buy bottles in a variety of sizes, the most popular being 30 ml, 50 ml, and 100 ml. All were sold, of course, at reduced prices - what you expect at a festival. This year, thanks to the EU's Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), the largest sized bottle of e-liquid containing nicotine you could buy was a measly 10 ml. Please note, I said containing nicotine. There's always a way around a problem, and the way around it highlights the stupidity of the TPD.  Continue reading

Brexit at Noon

Over the past week and a half, we have been publishing parts of Brexit at Noon, our daily Brexit bulletin sent out to members of The Freedom Association. We hope that you have enjoyed reading them, but these bulletins are reserved for members only and we will not be routinely publishing them each day.  Continue reading

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