The greatest stimulant to economic success worldwide is individual freedom

The following letter by Christopher Gill, a former chairman of The Freedom Association, was published in the Sunday Telegraph last weekend. "SIR – James Crisp’s report about possible compromises in the Brexit negotiations regarding the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) is alarming. "If the Boris Johnson administration thinks there can be any compromise on matters directly affecting individual liberty, it betrays the very principles it purports to uphold. Continue reading

Nick Buckley must be reinstated as CEO of Mancunian Way

It is a sign of the times. If you don't subscribe to a left-wing, woke orthodoxy, you are beyond the pale. You shouldn't hold any role in public life, and even if you are not in public life, you should still be fired from your job. You are an outcast. You are the lowest of the low. You can't possibly criticise the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. All they want is racial equality. What's wrong with that? There is, of course, nothing wrong with that. Indeed, it is what everyone should want. But if you delve into BLM, you discover a sinister movement which should be scrutinised.  Continue reading

Sorry is the hardest word

The following is a guest post by Roger Helmer, a former MEP and a former Chairman of The Freedom Association.  As the old song puts it, “Sorry is the hardest word to say”.  It’s also dangerously ambiguous.  If I accidentally step on a friend’s toe, I say “Sorry”, and I mean that I accept it was my fault, I regret it and I apologise.  If on the other hand my friend gets a terminal cancer diagnosis, I also say “Sorry” – but I mean something quite different.  I mean that I deeply regret the news and sympathise with the friend.  But I don’t accept responsibility, because I didn’t cause the cancer.  And I don’t apologise, because it is not something I did, and to apologise for something one did not do is an empty, pointless and vacuous gesture. So with slavery.  I greatly regret that Britain was involved in the slave trade, and that Britons and British companies profited from slavery (whilst also remembering that virtually all races and nations in history have owned and traded slaves – this is not a black and white issue).  But I don’t apologise for it, because like everyone else in Britain today, I didn’t do it.  It was abolished by the UK in 1833.  I was born 111 years later.  And I take great pride (for my country, not for myself) in the fact that the UK was the first country in the world to abolish slavery; that the Royal Navy played a pivotal and sustained rôle in interdicting the trade in the Atlantic; and that Britain stumped up a huge amount of money to compensate owners for freeing the slaves (not that slave-owners had any moral right to the money, but without it the slaves would not have been freed).  The words “ransom” and “redemption” spring to mind. Continue reading

When the science changes, you should change your mind

The following article by Andrew Allison was published on Conservatives Global website yesterday. Last week Professor Neil Ferguson, who resigned from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) after it was revealed he broke lockdown rules by meeting with his married lover, said that the death toll from Covid-19 could have been halved if we had gone into lockdown a week earlier. Minutes from a meeting of SAGE held on 13th March highlight that the experts were not, at that time, recommending a full lockdown. And it is worth noting that Ferguson was one of the experts on SAGE. Continue reading

Reduce social distancing to one metre, cut red tape, and get children back to school. Three recommendations from The Freedom Association

With the news that the economy shrank by a record 20.4 per cent in April, it is vital that we get the economy working again. Here are three recommendations to the Government from The Freedom Association: Reduce the social distancing rule from two metres to one metre. Rishi Sunak told Conservative MPs that if the two-metre rule is reduced, 75 per cent of pubs could reopen. If it is not reduced, 75 per cent will remain closed. It really is that stark. The Government must change the two-metre rule. Livelihoods depend on it. Cut red tape. Why isn't the Government saying to businesses that you can reopen, but you must maintain social distancing? Ministers should leave it up to them how they manage it. Instead, there is form filling and risk assessments, all eating up valuable time. The Government should not be micromanaging businesses. It should trust businesses to do the right thing, and if necessary, take action against those who do not. Reopen schools to all pupils. Schools have had months to prepare for this. All the evidence from around the world points to children being largely unaffected by Covid-19. They also do not spread it in the same way as adults. Children need to go back to school. ENDS Continue reading