JEREMY PAXMAN CALLS FOR THE ABOLITION OF THE TV LICENCE FEE

It is not the first time that Jeremy Paxman has criticised his former employer. In 2014 he said that Newsnight was made by 'idealistic 13-year-olds' who 'think they can change the world.' He certainly went much further, though, in an interview for yesterday's Sunday Times Magazine.  He said the BBC was 'biased and politically correct'. As for the licence fee, he described it as 'antediluvian'. He said that 'if Amazon and Netflix can do it, so can they.'  Continue reading

The smoking ban ten years on

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the smoking ban in enclosed places in England. I was interviewed yesterday on BBC Three Counties Radio about it. Click on the link below to listen to the interview.  All I will say is it was like banging my head against a brick wall. When the presenter said it was easier to ban smoking than offer alternatives, he wasn't playing devil's advocate - he meant it.  Continue reading

BBC BREXIT BIAS NEEDS TACKLING

In an excellent article for City A.M. yesterday, Brian Monteith, a Freedom Association Council Member and a former MSP, described the BBC's coverage of Brexit as "bias on stilts". He also said: "Recently, we were subject to a BBC report of a decline in nurses coming from the EU, when the truth is that applications have climbed. Last week’s anniversary of the Brexit vote was marked by a Question Time panel that had four Remainers against one Leaver, and an audience dominated by Remainers in Plymouth – a constituency that voted overwhelmingly to Leave." There are numerous other examples, and quite often bias shows itself in different forms. As Brian has noted, it's not always what is said or done, but rather what is omitted. Continue reading

The country needs aspiration not rage.

With the Queen's Speech delivered, the task for the government is to get on with the job. It means though ensuring that legislation creates opportunities for individuals to excel, argues Rory Broomfield.   Continue reading

The Freedom Association’s response to the terror attack in Manchester

The thoughts of everyone at The Freedom Association are with the family and friends of the 22 innocent people (many of them children) who were brutally murdered in Manchester last night. At the time of writing, there are children in operating theatres, with parents refusing treatment, so they can be near them. Sadly, the death toll could rise. Continue reading