Press Release: Six promises for a freer United Kingdom

With the announcement by Theresa May that the Government desires a General Election on June 8th 2017, The Freedom Association believes that all parties should consider putting the following six pledges into their manifestos in order to help the UK become more confident, prosperous and free in the years to come: Continue reading

Should we ban the use of the word ‘pikey’?

I wasn’t quite asked that question during an interview for BBC Hereford & Worcester this morning, but I may as well have been. The word, I was told by someone before my interview who is a Romany traveller, is offensive. Continue reading

WATCH: Has Science beaten smoking?

At this year's Freedom Festival in Bournemouth, I chaired a panel discussion on vaping where I asked the following question: "Has science beaten smoking?" Joining me on the panel were Martin Cullip, Blogger; Angela Harbutt, Development Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA); and Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the IEA.  Continue reading

Should e-cigarettes be sold to non-smokers?

An adult walks into a corner shop and asks for a packet of cigarettes. They name the brand they want and then pay for them. They walk out and light up. Does this sound like a perfectly legal activity to you? But what if the person who bought the cigarettes had never smoked before? Do you think the shopkeeper should have asked beforehand and refused to sell them cigarettes if they were going to smoke them for the first time?  Continue reading

Freedom to Vape responds to Royal Society for Public Health report on vape shops

If you have something to say, then say it. If you don't, keep your mouth shut. There's no point in trying to invent news. If you do, it will be obvious to everyone that that is what you are doing. If only the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) thought this way.  The RSPH "report" published yesterday claimed that almost nine out of ten vape shops (87 per cent, to be precise) sell vaping products to non-smokers. This, RSPH said, breaks the Independent British Vape Trade Association's (IBVTA) code of conduct, which says: Continue reading