This is the latest incarnation of what started as an email thread between a handful of liberty-loving friends back in the late 90’s. After the 9/11 attacks, some of us began to feel our liberties, big and small, slipping away under the pressure of the GWOT. In the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq, we decided to do something more structured, to try to, in some small way, preserve those liberties, large and small, that we still had left.

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  1. 1 Free Society
    September 1, 2008 at 9:01 am


    Free Society urges ‘no’ to proposed new controls on tobacco

    Monday September 1st 2008

    The Free Society, which gives a voice to those who want less not more government interference in their daily lives, has urged people to “say no to the nanny state” by signing a petition opposing the introduction of new controls on tobacco.

    These include a ban on the display of tobacco products and a ban on cigarette vending machines. The petition will go to the Department of Health as part of the government consultation on the future of tobacco control.

    The Free Society’s decision to launch a petition reflects a widely held view that the Government’s proposal to ban the display of tobacco in shops is unlikely to stop people smoking but will hit many small shops and inconvenience millions of consumers.

    Sarah Bland, a spokesman for The Free Society, said, “These proposals are being considered at a time when the country is facing a stagnant economy, a surge in the cost of living, and fears over violent crime. They suggest a government out of touch with ordinary people and failing in its responsibility to focus on the major challenges.

    “This government is obsessed with dictating how people live their lives. What are they going to hide under the counter next? Alcohol? Fizzy drinks? Sweets?”

    Bland added, “The government says the policy will help reduce youth smoking rates. However, in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, youth smoking rates actually increased for 18 months after a tobacco display ban was introduced. Meanwhile in Iceland, youth smoking rates have remained virtually unchanged, despite a ban being in place since 2001.

    The Free Society is urging people who share these sentiments to visit the group’s website and sign the petition (

    Commenting on the petition, Bland said, “We need to send a message to government to stop meddling and this petition is a simple way to deliver that message.”


    The Free Society has been launched by the smokers’ lobby group Forest to give a voice to those who want less not more government interference in their daily lives.

    For more information please visit The Free Society website at

    The petition can be viewed at

    Media inquiries:

    Sarah Bland or Simon Clark
    The Free Society
    Telephone 01223 370091
    Mobile 07774 781840

  2. September 11, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Hey Guys,

    I started my blog just a few weeks back, though not as sophisticated as yours – do check it out and feel free to comment on the content. Hope to hear some candid remarks


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