Westminster's 'City Inspectors' spying through letterboxes

By Andrew Allison When Boris Johnson announced that there would be a new army of Covid Marshals patrolling our streets, I immediately thought of Warden Hodges from Dad’s Army. Hodges was a figure of fun in the well-loved television series, but there is nothing remotely funny about the marshals patrolling our streets waiting to leap on anyone breaking Covid rules.  If you are in the City of Westminster, you may just spot the council’s “City Inspectors”. They are easy to find in their blue fluorescent waistcoats. According to Westminster City Council, the inspectors "perform a variety of roles throughout the City of Westminster, providing a 24/7 service across all wards in the borough. They deal with concerns around anti-social behaviour, irresponsible business practices and licensing issues." Now they are Covid Marshals, too. Continue reading

The latest attack on J K Rowling is certainly unhinged, but it has more sinister overtones

By Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns You may remember that back in June, J K Rowling hit the headlines for allegedly being “transphobic” - which is one of the greatest sins you can commit these days. “She must be cancelled”, they said. And a torrent of sexist, misogynist abuse has been poured on her ever since. There is even a disgusting hashtag “RIPJKRowling” doing the rounds.  All she did was respond on Twitter to a headline which said “Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate” by saying, “‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”  Continue reading

Has Sweden been successful in its Covid approach and what are the parameters for success?

The following is a guest post by Tony Brown. Tony was a Political Advisor to the former Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy and its predecessor, Europe of Freedom and Democracy.  Following a post of mine on Facebook about Swedish success with its independent 'minimalist' Covid containment policy, I was asked, 'Could you please define the parameters for success?' I believe that central to the confusion about Covid is that very few - any (?) - governments have set down their answer to this question. I suggested five: Continue reading

The assaults on our basic freedoms have to stop. We didn’t take back control from Brussels to hand it over to ministers who can arbitrarily dictate how we lead our lives

By Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns To a certain extent the Government has had no option but to make it up as it goes along. None of us have experience of a virus like Covid-19. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. But the Government’s latest assaults on our liberties and freedoms must be challenged.  We are no longer a Parliamentary Democracy. That stopped months ago. But we were told that it wouldn’t be for long. All we had to do was stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. We did that in the tens of millions. Roads were deserted. All but essential shops were closed. Pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, and bowling alleys were closed. We could only leave our homes to buy essential goods. We could exercise for an hour a day, but at least the weather was getting better, although for those of us with gardens, lockdown was far more tolerable than for those who live in blocks of flats.  Continue reading

The Refined Marxism of Black Lives Matter

By William Yarwood, Digital Media Officer  We all know that Black Lives Matter is a far left Marxist organisation that seeks to defund the police, abolish conservative social norms like the nuclear family unit and bring an end to capitalism. The academics, journalists and activists who told us that BLM was really only about fighting for ‘justice’ and ‘combating racism’ have proven themselves to be liars who were, at best, too scared to call BLM what it really was or, at worst, on board with the whole project since the start. Luckily the evidence is on our side as BLM’s very own website is packed to the brim with Marxist talking points and we know for a fact that the heads and founders of the movement are - as BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors said in a newly surfaced video from 2015 - ‘trained Marxists’. Continue reading