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How can we conquer cancel culture?

Please join us on Monday 4th October at 4.00 pm at the Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Rd, Manchester, M3 4FP.

Andrew Allison (Chair), Chief Executive of The Freedom Association 

David Campbell Bannerman, Chairman of The Freedom Association. 

Baroness Fox of Buckley. Claire is an independent Peer and Director of the Academy of Ideas.

Alex Deane. Conservative commentator, TFA Council and Management Committee member. 

Chris Green MP. Chris is the Conservative MP for Bolton West and a member of The Freedom Association. 

A conference pass is not required to attend this event or the other events in the Liberty Zone

 


Kermit was right, Prime Minister: it's not easy being green

By Andrew Allison, Chief Executive

I never thought that I would be quoting Kermit the Frog in one of my pieces, but I also never thought that I would hear a British Prime Minister quoting the said puppet in the United Nations General Assembly, either. And Kermit was right: it's not easy being green, despite what Boris Johnson thinks. In an irony not lost on most of us, the PM flew to New York to beat the drum for renewable energy, when over here in the UK a summer of very little wind has helped plunge us into an energy crisis. What many of us predicted has come to pass: relying on wind turbines to provide a large percentage of our energy needs is not a viable option.  

The speech he delivered to the United Nations General Assembly was full of Boris-isms, and completely lacking in reality. The UK is responsible for around one per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. We could all wear our hairshirts and shut down UK PLC tomorrow, but it won't make any difference when China continues to build dozens of coal-fired power stations. 

'The rich man in his castle; the poor man at his gate', is the opening line of one of the verses of the hymn, All things bright and beautiful. The reality is that many rich people live the life to which they have become accustomed because of the money they earn from wind turbines on their land, and all of us have to cough-up an additional 23 per cent on our energy bills to pay for them, including some of the poorest in the country. And to make matters worse, businesses are also paying inflated energy bills, making their goods and services more expensive and less competitive.

It's alright for people like Zac Goldsmith, a man sitting on millions of pounds of inherited wealth: he can easily afford to pay more in energy bills. It appears that Carrie Johnson isn't too bothered how much she spends on bills, either, judging by the amount of money it cost to refurbish the flat above 11 Downing Street.

Boris Johnson was elected by voters in the former 'red wall' on a mandate of both getting Brexit done and leveling up. We have left the European Union, although fisheries and Northern Ireland were, as I predicted almost two years ago, thrown under the bus. Leveling up does not mean forcing people into fuel poverty by increasing their bills, and forcing them to replace gas boilers with heat pumps. Leveling up does not mean paying more in taxes, especially when voters were promised that taxes would not be increased. In a great interview last week for The Sun, Ben Houchen, the Tees Valley Mayor (who is also one of our members), said, "As we are coming out of Covid I don’t think it is helpful either to businesses or individuals to start raising taxes. I believe that as a politician you need to stand by what you said. The biggest issue for me is that it was very clear in our manifesto there wouldn’t be any tax rises.”

Ben was reelected in May with 72.8 per cent of the vote. If Boris Johnson thinks he's popular, he has nothing on Ben. He should start listening to him. 


WATCH our most recent webinar. What is the BBC for? Should it be defunded or reformed?

In a Freedom Association webinar held on Tuesday 4th May 2021, we discussed, “What's the BBC for? Should it be defunded or reformed?”

The panellists were:

Andrew Allison: Andrew is Head of Campaigns for The Freedom Association.

Nick Ross: Nick is a broadcaster, journalist, and campaigner. He became a household name in the UK launching breakfast TV, Watchdog and Crimewatch and flagship radio programmes including World at One, PM and The World Tonight.

Lord Moylan. Daniel was appointed a Conservative Peer in 2020. He was chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation, deputy chairman of Transport for London, and chief airport adviser to Boris Johnson as Mayor of London. A lifelong listener of BBC Radio 3, he has described the radio channel as being "infected by a sort of relentless wokeness".

The webinar was chaired by David Campbell Bannerman, Chairman of The Freedom Association and a former Conservative MEP from 2009-2019, representing the East of England.

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What is the BBC for? Should it be defunded or reformed?

Please join us for our next webinar on Tuesday 4th May at 6.00 pm. We have a great panel ready to discuss, “What is the BBC for? Should it be defunded or reformed?”

Confirmed panelists are:

Andrew Allison: Andrew is Head of Campaigns for The Freedom Association.

Nick Ross: Nick is a broadcaster, journalist, and campaigner. He became a household name in the UK launching breakfast TV, Watchdog and Crimewatch and flagship radio programmes including World at One, PM and The World Tonight.

Lord Moylan. Daniel was appointed a Conservative Peer in 2020. He was chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation, deputy chairman of Transport for London, and chief airport adviser to Boris Johnson as Mayor of London. A lifelong listener of BBC Radio 3, he has described the radio channel as being "infected by a sort of relentless wokeness".

The webinar will be chaired by David Campbell Bannerman, Chairman of The Freedom Association and a former Conservative MEP from 2009-2019, representing the East of England.

To register, click here


WATCH Andrew Allison in conversation with Mark Littlewood, Director General of the IEA

Our Head of Campaigns, Andrew Allison, chatted with Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs about the now aborted European Football Super League, what future the economy has post-Covid, and free speech & cancel culture.

Click on the image below to watch it. 


WATCH Andrew Allison in conversation with Mike Graham of talkRADIO

In another episode in our series of 'Free Spirits' podcasts, Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns, chatted to Mike Graham of talkRADIO about the life of Prince Philip, the opening of hospitality, cancel culture and the media.


Andrew Allison in conversation with Lee Anderson MP

Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns at The Freedom Association, talked with Lee Anderson, Conservative MP for Ashford about the former red wall seats, free speech, cancel culture, and even about having a vegan pint of beer!


Why you should set-up a Freedom Society in your university

Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns at The Freedom Association, talked to William Yarwood, President of the University of Exeter Freedom Society, about why the society is important and successful, and why there should be freedom societies in every university in the UK. They are easy to set-up and The Freedom Association will assist you every step of the way.

Please consider setting-up a Freedom Society in your university today. 


Flying the flag

By Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns

Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, announced last week that he will be compelling all councils to fly the Union Jack on all official buildings. Cue outrage from the woke metropolitans. I was interviewed by Kevin O'Sullivan on talkRADIO yesterday about it. I said that I thought it was a good idea. The vast majority of people are proud of their country and are proud of their flag. There is nothing wrong with that - indeed it brings the country together. Click below to watch it. 


WATCH: Was it right to suspend a teacher for showing pupils cartoon images of the Prophet Mohammed?

Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns, and Dr Paul Stott, from the Henry Jackson Society discuss the disturbing case of a Religious Studies teacher from Batley Grammar School who has been suspended from his job for showing his pupils cartoon images of the Prophet Mohammed.

The teacher, his partner and children are now receiving 24-hour police protection in a safe house. What does this say about everyone's right to free speech in the UK today?