Lord Frost’s Free Market Rallying Speech: Less Social Distancing, More Socialist Distancing!

Lord Frost and Nadhim Zahawi were guests of honour at the ASI’s Christmas drinks party last night, held in the swanky surroundings of 1 Birdcage Walk’s oak-panelled library. Frost got the audience onside with a free market rallying cry, and predicted imminent success for the ASI in their fight against government control and market interference, including the decent joke: “a bit less social distancing a bit more socialist distancing”.

Nadhim boasted about the government’s T-Level plans, joking that the “TL Badge” on his lapel didn’t stand for “Tory leader”. Some in the audience seemed to wish it did…

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Vapers Call On Javid to Attend COP9

Vapers from across the UK have called on the Government to take the COP9 Framework Convention Tobacco Control meeting more seriously. Whilst Health Secretary Sajid Javid MP was in attendance at COP26, vapers were left wondering why he didn’t instead attend COP9 which is far more relevant to his brief. Currently it is understood the UK delegation of powerless civil servants at COP9 are not getting across the UK domestic policy that vaping works to reduce smoking and save lives. Instead, foreign governments who own large swathes of their cigarette industry and the World Health Organisation are pushing an anti-vaping narrative, perhaps to protect their smoking cash cow. Reporters are banned from most of the meetings and have been thrown out of previous COPs.

Mark Oates, Director of We Vape head of the #BackVapingSaveLives campaign said “It’s frustrating to see the Government seemingly ignore an issue which is set to shorten the lives of billions. This is an area where the UK could show real global leadership.”
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Adam Smith Institute Launches ‘Spirit of the Invisible Hand’ Whisky

The Adam Smith Institute are venturing beyond their usual output and have released a new line of 8-year-old whisky. The 40% Highland single malt scotch is bottled in Adam Smith’s home of Scotland and is “not recommended for socialists, statists, bureaucrats, and mercantilists.” Bottles have already been dispatched to Liz Truss, Boris Johnson, and Lord Frost.

Check out Guido’s less-than-successful review above… 

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Centre for Social Justice Appoints Swathe of New Directors

Yet more Tufton Street reshuffling this week as the Centre for Social Justice appoints three new directorships. Their Homelessness lead Joe Shalam, and former DExEU SpAd Gavin Rice are both being appointed Directors of Policy; Matthew Patten has been appointed as the CSJ’s political and comms director, having previously led the Mayor’s Fund for London as CEO and a short tenure as a Brexit Party MEP.

In yet more ASI news, Guido understands their current head of government affairs John Macdonald is being promoted to director of strategy, and Morgan Schondelmeier to director of operations from Monday, following the departure of Matt Kilcoyne. They’re also hiring a new head of comms. Get applying now…

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Wonk Watch: More IEA and ASI Reshuffling

Forget Boris’s cabinet reshuffle, the changes going on among the Tufton Street Mafia make for much more interesting reading. Back in September Guido revealed the ASI’s Matt Kilcoyne had decided to depart as their deputy director. Guido now understands he’s to take up the role as director of Lord Hannan’s Initiative for Free Trade. Guido can’t think of a better pick…

That’s not the end of the ASI shake-up. Guido can reveal their head of research Matthew Lesh is defecting to the IEA to fill the role as their new head of public policy. Lesh says he’s “extremely excited to be joining the IEA” who “became a beacon of hope and inspiration to millions seeking freedom across the world” amid the post-war consensus. The IEA’s also been facing staff turnover recently following the departure of Emma Revell and Lord Kamall…

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ASI Heading for Wonk Reshuffle

The Adam Smith Institute is heading for a personnel shake-up after Guido confirmed deputy director Matt Kilcoyne is set to depart at the end of the year. Succession options are now being discussed, with the possibility of a job share between the ASI’s head of government affairs John Macdonald, and head of external affairs Morgan Schondelmeier. Kilcoyne is heading off for as-of-yet currently unknown pastures, after reaching the unofficial retirement age of nearly 30. Guido hears other changes may soon be afoot. Think tank obsessives watch this space…

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