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We're delighted to report that since the appointment of a new editor, The Free Society (TFS) has taken on a new and vigorous lease of life.

Tom Miers joined us at the beginning of the month. As well as editing the website, he will speak on our behalf at various events and act as spokesman for The Free Society on a range of issues, including tobacco.

Tom is an independent public policy consultant with experience of the City, politics, journalism and business. Last year he wrote a report for Policy Exchange entitled The Devolution Distraction: How Scotland's Constitutional Obsession Leads to Bad Government. His latest book, co-written with Craig Smith, is called Democracy and the Fall of the West and is available from Amazon and all good bookshops!

Writing for The Free Society this month, Tom asked: "Do we live in a free society? This question is becoming ever harder to answer." See Definition of a free society.

Tom has written a number of other articles including (in reaction to the fifth anniversary of the smoking ban in Scotland), Five years on, ten reasons why the smoking ban is still a big mistake.

On the subject of tobacco, Tom has been busy this month. First, he was interviewed by BBC Radio Merseyside, BBC Radio Lincolnshire and BBC Radio Somerset on the subject of the Coalition Government's Tobacco Control Plan. Last week, he popped up on Forth FM and Borders FM talking about smoking bans.

Wearing his Free Society hat, Tom also wrote an article for the Scotsman - More restrictions on alcohol will just infantilise us all (23 March) - that provoked an angry response from a Dr Ian McKee. Could that, by any chance, be Dr Ian McKee MSP SNP?


This month we were also pleased to welcome two new contributors, Jason Smith and Patrick Hayes. Jason is convenor of Birmingham Salon and a member of the Battle of Ideas organising committee; Patrick works at the Institute of Ideas and is a reporter for the online magazine spiked.

If you missed them, here are some of the most popular articles published by The Free Society this month:


TV producer is another victim of the intolerance of the "liberal" elite (Patrick Hayes)
Spare us from spoilt health lobbyists who want it their way or no way (Martin Cullip)
Prejudice and parenting: how far should the state intervene? (Jason Smith)
Demonstrate? Cuts in public spending are something to celebrate (Simon Clark)


Next week in Birmingham, Simon Clark, director of Forest and The Free Society, be speaking a conference organised by the Institute of Economic Affairs, The Freedom Association and Liberty League. Simon will be taking part in a panel discussion on ‘Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drugs’. See another Free Society article, Welcome to the Liberty League, which explains the purpose of this new network of libertarian-minded organisations.

New website

Last but not least, do please visit the new Forest website which was launched today. It features a message to supporters from Forest and Free Society director Simon Clark.

We suggest you bookmark the site - alongside The Free Society!

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The Free Society (TFS) is an offshoot of the smokers’ lobby group Forest. We campaign on behalf of those who want less not more government interference in their daily lives.
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