DeSmog UK’s epic history series recounts the moment when John Blundell was recruited into Antony Fisher’s free-market think tank, the Institute of Economic Affairs.
The free-market libertarian John Blundell (pictured) was at home in Fairfax, Virginia, when late one afternoon he received a phone call from his old friend Mike Fisher, the younger son of Antony and a trustee of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), from London.
There had been a putsch at the free-market institute and the trustees were recruiting a new leader.
David Cameron was accused of a cover-up last night after he ducked questions in Parliament during the week about the heavy-handed redaction of a government report into the risks of fracking.
Labour Party has increased pressure on the government to publish an unredacted version of the controversial report on the impacts of fracking on house prices and local services ahead of an approaching vote by MPs on the Infrastructure Bill.
Labour MPs Alan Whitehead and Tom Greatrex have stated that a vote on fracking cannot be carried out until the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra) report has been fully published.
Democracy is utterly dependent upon an electorate that is accurately informed. In promoting climate change denial (and often denying their responsibility for doing so) industry has done more than endanger the environment. It has undermined democracy.
There is a vast difference between putting forth a point of view, honestly held, and intentionally sowing the seeds of confusion. Free speech does not include the right to deceive. Deception is not a point of view. And the right to disagree does not include a right to intentionally subvert the public awareness.