These days will go down in history as the House of Lords at its worst

Lord Framlingham (Michael Lord, a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons) told his fellow Peers some home truths on Wednesday. And they didn't like it. When I was talking to our Patron Lord Vinson last week at our Freedom Forum in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, I commented on how rude the House of Lords is these days. Two days ago, once again Remain Peers did their best to drown out a Brexit voice.  Continue reading

State education in this country is so poor that it amounts to a betrayal of our children. It's child abuse

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association. The government has promised £50miilion to support the expansion of grammar schools. It’s small change when compared with the money we pay the EU each week. But, credit where it’s due, it’s a start Naturally the socialists who run state education are against it.  The teachers’ unions have accused the government of pursuing an “elitist policy” during a funding crisis. Nick Brook, deputy general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), said: “The government cannot point to a single piece of evidence that shows strong educational benefit of this misguided policy. While it may benefit a small minority, it will not close the gap between rich and poor pupils and if anything will increase the divide.” Continue reading

It's because it's successful - stupid!

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association. “Israel’s 70th birthday” is all over the news. I suppose then that Abraham was the nation’s original patriarch in the 1940s and 50s, Isaac came along in the 1960s – about the same time as The Beatles - and I could swear I saw Joseph in his coat of many colours by the bandstand here in Eastbourne only last Thursday. Well, really! Moses was a legendary character from around 1250 BC, but we know that King David was an historical figure who made his capital in the old Jebusite city of Jerusalem in the 9th century BC. His son Solomon built the first temple there, and the reigns of those two monarchs are well-documented in the Old Testament books Kings and Chronicles. We know also that Jerusalem was captured by the Babylonians in 586 BC and the people were carried off into exile: “By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept when we remembered thee, O Sion” (that is Jerusalem) – Psalm 137:1 Continue reading

LISTEN: Andrew Allison talks to Michael Graham on Talk Radio. "Ladies Lingerie!"

If you haven't heard about this, prepare yourself. We live in such a politically correct world that even the most harmless joke can mean you will lose your job and will be thrown into the outer darkness forever.  Prof. Richard Ned Lebow, 76, was in a packed lift at a convention in San Francisco. When the bell on the lift sounded that it had reached a floor, Prof. Lebow said "ladies lingerie". It was classic "Are you being served?", the hit comedy series that used to air on BBC1. But Dr Simona Sharoni, a professor of women's and gender studies at Merrimack College, Massachusetts, and one of her colleagues didn't like the joke. And they weren't going to leave it there.  Continue reading

The pay gap

The following article is by Dr Timothy Tomkinson, a doctor currently working in the NHS.  The NHS is a very interesting prism through which to view the recent discussion on the gender wage gap. Language matters, and a lot of the statistics quoted are misleading to the point of falsehood. Listening to Stellar Creasy last week, she referenced an unknown hospital where “for every fifty nine pence a woman earns, a man earns a pound” Continue reading