April events

Dates for your diary:

10th April 7pm- The Westminster Village Pub Quiz– The Freedom Association’s monthly event at the Old Star pub. Max 5 per team,  £2 to enter and each member of the winning team will receive a bottle of Freedom Lager!

18th April- The Euro ‘end game’?– The IEA and Bloomberg host a lunch and panel discussion at  whether this crisis can be resolved and if so how. Speakers include:

Constantin Cotzias – Director, Bloomberg Europe. Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs.

Mark Littlewood, Director General, Institute of Economic Affairs (Chair)

Roger Bootle, Managing Director, Capital Economics

John Chown, International Tax Advisor, Chown Dewhurst LLP

Matthew Hancock MP

Patrick Minford, Professor of Applied Economics, Cardiff University Business School

24th April 7pm- Freedom in Westminster with Robert Halfon– Another FTA event at the Old Star, The MP for Harlow will be discussing the recently launched Right Angle, a new grassroots website, the first campaign of which  is entitled ‘Hands Off Our First £10,000’ Secondly he will speak about his recent pamphlet for Demos, entitled ‘Stop the Union Bashing’. In this he argues that Conservatives need to engage with Unions and end the perception that “Tories despise union folk.”

25th April- ISOS April 2012– A one day seminar for sixth-formers, Speakers Dr Tim Evans, Dr Madsen Pirie, Chris Snowdon, Tony Gilland & Jamie Whyte will be discussing topics such as:

  • The morality of markets
  • Economics for real people
  • Prohibition and its discontents
  • The right to be offensive
  • Is the government’s role to make people happy?

For more information and to RSVP follow the links. Please also share any other events that may be of interest in the comments.

February events

I fear I have been letting the side down recently, for various reasons I haven’t posted much here lately. To make amends here’s a quick update on some events coming up this month that may be of interest.

Tuesday 7th (Tomorrow!): The Adam Smith Institute are having their monthly Next Generation event entitled ‘Will 2012 see the death of freedom and privacy online in Britain’ at the St Stephens club. Nick Pickles of Big Brother Watch will be speaking.

Wednesday 8th: The IEA has a talk at their office in Lord North street entitled Should we abolish the DCMS? (short answer: YES!)

Monday 20th: More Sex is Safer Sex – and Other Surprises from Economic Theory– another ASI event, a talk by author Steven Landsburg

Saturday 11th: a big one- a Rally to defend free expression to be held in Old Palace Yard (opposite the House of Lords, where RAD was),

Tuesday 21st: the Freedom Associations monthly Free Spirits event, with special guest Ruth Porter of the IEA.

Please let us know if there are other events going on that may be of interest.

TFA Christmas pub quiz- 06/12/11

As usual the Freedom Association have a number of interesting events coming up, but this one in particular caught my eye:

We have something special for you on the 6th December… Come and join us for the usual drinking and (relatively) light-hearted competition for The Freedom Association’s Christmas pub quiz. With a variety of different themed rounds, come and test your general knowledge (or ignorance!) against some like-minded libertarians!

Some food will be provided for each team, and there will be extra special prizes this month… That’s not all, we also have some very special guest quiz masters for you…Hosting rounds will be: Harry Cole, Mark Wallace, Raheem Kassam, Jonathan Isaby and Jacob Rees-Mogg MP.

There will be plenty of decorations to get you in the Christmas mood. Christmas fancy dress and attire is strongly encouraged.The quiz will start around 7.30pm, although feel free to join us for drinks earlier on. Teams can be a maximum of five people. Spaces are strictly limited so please make sure you register here. Tickets are charged at £5 which will be payable on the night.

To register, please go to: http://tfachristmaspubquiz.eventbrite.co.uk/

Please let us know if you are interested in attending ASAP and we might be able to put a LH team together!

Free the Airwaves – A look at the BBC Licence Fee

Next week see’s the launch of The Freedom Association’s newest campaign – Free the Airwaves, a call to scrap the licence fee and reconsider what the role of a public service broadcaster is. 
Speaking will be John Whittingdale OBE MP, chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, and Alex Deane of Bell Pottinger Public Affairs and previously Big Brother Watch. Following on from the speeches from our invited guests there will be a question and answer session.
The Freedom Association’s report – entitled “Free the Airwaves: A look at the BBC and the Licence Fee” by Tom Waters will also be unveiled.
Date: Wednesday 14th September  

Time: 7.30 – 9.30pm  

Venue: The Barley Mow, 104 Horseferry Road, Westminster, SW1P 2EE

If you would like to attend, please register here.