Jacob Rees-Mogg defends the freedom of the press

  Jacob Rees-Mogg MP gave a wonderful speech in the House of Commons last night defending the freedom of the press and free speech. (Click here to watch it) Speaking against Lords' amendments which, if passed into law, would require newspapers to pay double court costs even if the win a libel case, Jacob said: "We know the weakness of our local papers and how they struggle hand to mouth, but how easy would it be, for example, for my hon. Friend the Member for North Herefordshire (Bill Wiggin), who is no longer in his place, to take to court the journal that he does not like because it said things about him that inaccurate? It is fair enough for him not to like them, but if an hon. Member took a local paper to court, that local paper would be insolvent, because many of them do not have powerful parents behind them. Many of them—I am thinking of some in my constituency—are run by entrepreneurial individuals trying to make a reasonable living. The threat of having to pay double costs would be sufficient to stop them printing a disagreeable story about us." Continue reading

Anti-fascist thugs storm King's College London Libertarian Society meeting

Fascists can't tolerate anyone who has a different world view to them. They want their opponents no-platformed. In their crusade, they don't want anyone with whom they disagree to have a voice. If their political opponents get injured or worse, then so be it, because they are vermin.  What I have described above are also the tactics of the so-called anti-fascists, but they can't see the irony. And so last night a group calling themselves "London Antifa" stormed into a meeting of the Libertarian Society at King's College London. It was a successful raid for them as they managed to shut down the meeting. Job done. Fascism 1, Free Speech 0.  Continue reading

BBC accused of forcing presenters to set-up personal service companies

Christa Ackroyd used to be part of the fixtures and fittings at BBC Look North in Leeds. Sitting next to Harry Gration on the Look North sofa, she must have interviewed thousands of guests - me included. Suddenly, five years ago she was abruptly ousted from her place on the sofa, never to return again.  She was accused of being a tax dodger because she was not employed by the BBC. She was instead paid through her own personal service company (PSC). Yes, her tax liability was lowered by not being employed, but the BBC also benefited because it didn't have to pay employer's national insurance contributions, holiday pay and sick pay. Continue reading

Five tests that the EU must respect.

The Prime Minister made a third key speech on Brexit today. It was a positive one and struck the right tone going forward into the next phase of negotiations. The EU must listen, argues Rory Broomfield.  Continue reading

It is now clear that the EU wants to punish the UK. It is completely unacceptable.

The EU's draft negotiation terms look to chain the UK to the EU's dying corpse. Our politicians have to mobilise against this, argues Rory Broomfield. Continue reading