The Blind lead the Blind

I watched as Lord Pearson asked his question in the Lords and I felt both ashamed and disgusted. The spectacle was of our leaders, supposed statesmen, sleep-walking into oblivion. To put it politely, members of the House dodged the facts. Lord Pearson's question was partly about the implications for sharia in England once the Muslim population has increased tenfold. The government spokesperson brushed it aside and assured members that sharia will have no place in our legal constitution and framework. Really? But it is operating here already - in cases involving marital law among Muslims for instance. Continue reading

A note to supporters of Universal Basic Income: it isn't working

Many organisations (from both the left and right) have lauded the concept of introducing a universal basic income (UBI). However, a recent trial in Finland has been pulled early and, far from producing some of the variety of benefits subscribed to this system, it is suggested that the introduction of UBI would require an increase in income tax by nearly 30%, increase income inequality and raise Finland's poverty rate from 11.4% to 14.1%. Continue reading

Lord Stoddart of Swindon on the future of the House of Lords

Following his recent highly critical “playing with fire” remarks about the House of Lords’ attitude towards Brexit and the petition calling for a referendum on abolition of the Upper Chamber reaching 116,000 signatures, TFA Council Member and Independent Labour Peer Lord Stoddart of Swindon has provided his thoughts on the future of the Lords. Continue reading

UK Vaping Industry Association Forum

I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the first UKVIA Forum in London on Monday 23rd April. I was on the opening panel discussing regulation. Other panellists included Chris Snowdon from the IEA and Clive Bates, who amongst many other things, is a former director of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). The session was expertly chaired by Mark Pawsey MP, the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for E-Cigarettes.  It was great to see the retail sector, smaller vaping businesses, tobacco companies, regulators, media, MPs, campaign groups and think tanks all under one roof. Continue reading

Apologise and Resign

The following is a guest post by the Rev Dr Peter Mullen, Hon. Chaplain of The Freedom Association. For how much longer will Justin Welby, the Archbishop of cant, be allowed to continue to traduce the good name of Bishop George Bell? The heroic wartime Bishop was “hung out to dry” by the Church of England authorities at the highest level. Those are the words of Lord Carlile in his judgement on how the Church hierarchy mistreated George Bell.  The Church operated a kangaroo court. Here are the facts… Continue reading