The Truth that Makes Us Free

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association. It was the day when Ed Miliband finally went off his head. Fortunately, this happened in the House of Commons and the sage Jacob Rees-Mogg was on hand to calm him down.  As all socialists do, the Labour party was aiming to curtail the freedom of the press in yesterday’s debate about what has become known as “Leveson Mark II.” Under new proposals, newspapers would have been legally obliged to pay the costs of mischievous litigants – even when the court had found against them. Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, was the man all set formally to propose these new strictures on the press. Can you imagine the results if members of The House of Commons had passed this iniquitous Bill? Rogues, scoundrels, anyone with a vested interest or crudely on the make or to settle personal scores would have been able to make all manner of false claims – that is to lie to the court – and yet still have his costs paid after the court had judged he was telling lies Continue reading

The free press is under threat once again as MPs prepare to vote today

MPs are currently debating and will today vote on amendments to the Data Protection Bill that are designed to muzzle the free press. Around 90 per cent of publications have decided not to register with the state approved regulator, IMPRESS. There are many reasons for this, one being that IMPRESS is largely bankrolled (through two trusts) by free press hater Max Mosley. But the main reason is because the state should not have a say in regulating newspapers.  As a result, 90 per cent of publications have decided to register with IPSO - a self-regulatory body that has the power to order retractions and impose fines. The fact that IPSO is not state approved is important to remember when considering the amendment from Deputy Labour Leader, Tom Watson. From the Press Gazette: Continue reading

Is freedom now only a slogan in Britain?

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association. In Britain we cherish our freedom. But if “freedom” is to mean anything other than an empty slogan, there must exist the means to guarantee it. We have such a guarantee and it is freedom under the law? Or do we? Continue reading

Evil be thou my good

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association. How low can we sink? What’s the worst thing we can do? How deep are the depths of depravity? Let me offer a definition of the vilest depravity: it is when we deliberately choose to invert all our values, despise goodness and say, “Evil, be thou my good!” I’ve made all this sound so very abstract, but this week we have a practical, real-life example… Continue reading

Belfast ‘gay cake’ row is about freedom of expression

The Ashers Bakery case has rumbled on for four years and has now reached the Supreme Court which is meeting in Belfast. I was going to write something about it, and then I read the following article written by Peter Tatchell. It's excellent. Peter has given us his permission to republish it on our website.    WHO knew that something as innocuous as flour, eggs and sugar could ignite a landmark legal battle and start a debate which has split Twitter down the middle? The most controversial cake in history has nothing to do with the Great British Bake Off: instead it’s the subject of a Supreme Court case centred on Ashers Bakery in Belfast. Continue reading