Hero and Zero of the week

This week’s Hero and Zero courtesy of YBF activist Stephen Hoffman. zero-to-hero


Jack Monroe is a far left campaigner who  goes on and on about how she can produce meals that are really cheap, which apparently is necessary because she sees poverty in every corner of the UK She has a visceral hatred for Tories and anyone who is rich. She took this hatred to disgraceful lengths when in taking part in the #CameronMustGo hashtag she made a despicable comment about David Cameron and his dead son Ivan. You can read more about the story in this excellent blog by YBF activist Mo Metcalf-Fisher.

Dishonourable mention goes to all those left wing activists thinking #CameronMustGo has got the Conservatives really scared. It hasn’t, it has just made you all look really childish and in some cases just plain nasty.  More about this can be found here.


Allister Heath is the Deputy Editor of the Telegraph and as he did beforehand as the editor of CITY AM continues to stand up for the values of free markets and highlight the complete failures of statism. This week he wrote an excellent article highlight how Labour’s statist intervention in the energy market that have been followed by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey MP have led to a series of disastrous energy policies that will cost us all in the long run. You can read this article here.

Honourable mentions goes to the Political editor of Sky News, Adam Boulton for highlighting the pointless nature of the #CameronMustGo twitter campaign on his own twitter account when he tweeted this.


It would be wrong of me to write a column this week without mentioning the tragic death of the Australian cricketer Philip Hughes at the age of 25. In a freak accident he died whilst being hit on the back of the top of the neck by a bouncer. In that moment a life full of such potential in the future was cruelly taken away. Some things are just more important than politics. In his short life Philip Hughes was able to achieve his dreams of playing for Australia and as the reaction to his tragic death showed he was loved and respected by many people due to the way he lived his life to the full and always gave 100%. My thoughts are with his close friends and family who are going through unimaginable pain.


Soundbytes: Friday 28th November


On this day: 

‘Contraceptives Unlimited’ opened in Ireland on this day in 1978

Daily Thatcherite: 

“We have not successfully rolled back the frontiers of the state in Britain, only to see them re-imposed at a European level, with a European super-state exercising a new dominance from Brussels,”

YBFXI Speaker: Brandon Lewis MP

The Young Britons’ Foundation is delighted to welcome a fantastic new addition to the YBFXI speaker list, Brandon Lewis.Lewis

Brandon was elected MP for Great Yarmouth in May 2010 and appointed Minister for Local Government in September 2012, and Minister for Communities & Local Government in July 2014.

Since being elected, Brandon has campaigned on employment, coastal issues, public transport, business and enterprise, pensions and fuel duty, to name but a few. He has also helped to secure £28 million in funding for flood defences in Great Yarmouth, successfully lobbied for the formation of a local Enterprise Zone, has helped to drive forward improvements to his local hospital, and is a patron of an independent palliative care hospice charity.

YBFXI Speaker: Jonathan Isaby

The Young Britons’ Foundation is delighted to announce that Jonathan Isaby, Cheif Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance will be joining us at YBFXI.

head3.jpgJonathan joined the TPA in August 2011 as Political Director, in which capacity he oversaw a substantial increase in engagement with parliamentarians, government ministers and civil servants across Whitehall. Having made regular briefings for politicians across the political spectrum a staple of the TPA’s work, our research now regularly gets cited in parliamentary debates, questions and even answers. He has also given written and oral evidence to House of Commons Select Committees and produced submissions for a variety of other inquiries and consultations.

Drawing upon his considerable experience in the print, broadcast and online media, Jonathan has also played an important part in keeping journalists appraised of our work so that our messages are conveyed regularly and reliably to the wider public.

Prior to joining the TPA, Jonathan was Co-Editor of ConservativeHome, making him the first journalist from a British national newspaper to leave the mainstream media to work full-time in the blogosphere. In March 2010 he became the first professional “blogger” to be accredited with a Lobby pass by the House of Commons authorities.

Soundbytes: Thursday 27th November


On this day:

On this day in 1998 Tony Blair becomes the first UK PM to address the Republic of Ireland’s parliament.

Daily Reganite: 

“The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted, it belongs to the brave.”



YBFXI Speaker: Rory Broomfield

The Young Britons’ Foundation is delighted to announce that we will be joined by Rory Broomfield, from The Freedom Association. Rory joined The Freedom Association from his own consulting activities and has previously worked in the City of London for numerous small businesses and Westminster for a number of MPs including Theresa May, Sir Richard Shepherd and Graham Brady.

As Director of both The Freedom Association and the Better Off Out campaign, Rory is putting the positive case for freedom and why the UK would be better off being independent from Brussels. He is author of“Membership of the EU: There Are Alternatives”“The EU’s Effect on the UK’s Place in the World” and The Future’s Bright – The Future’s Global” and co-authored The Freedom Association’s entry into the Brexit Prize, a competition run by the Institute of Economic Affairs, which won a €10,000 prize in 2014. This entry was co-authored with Iain Murray of the US based Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Rory is both a British and Swiss citizen and has previously been a Director and Board Member of the United Nations Association – UK. He holds a First Class degree in Politics from the University of York along with Master degrees from both City University London and Warwick Business School.

He tweets at @RoryBroomfield.


Soundbytes: Wednesday 26th November


On this day: 

Sarah Grimke was born in 1792. She & her sister were the first women to speak publicly against slavery.

Daily Reganite: 

“One legislator accused me of having a nineteenth-century attitude on law and order. That is a totally false charge. I have an eighteenth-century attitude. That is when the Founding Fathers made it clear that the safety of law-abiding citizens should be one of the government’s primary concerns.”


Soundbytes: Tuesday 25th November


On this day: 

George Best, the most talented British footballer of his generation, died in 2005

Daily Thatcherite: 

“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s a day you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it.”

YBFXI Speaker: Emma Carr

We are delighted to announce that we will be joined by Emma Carr, the newly appointed Director of Big Brother Watch.

Emma Carr joined Big Brother Watch as Deputy Director in February 2012 and was appointed as Director in August 2014. Previously, she worked for political campaign and research groups in the UK.  She was actively involved in politics at university and worked on the 2010 general election in the North East.

Emma graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in History and Politics and completed a MSc in Public Services Policy and Management at King’s College London.  She has a particular interest in cyber security and cyber crime, which formed the topic of her dissertation.

Emma regularly features on radio and television, having appeared on the Today Programme, ITV Daybreak, Al Jazeera, Woman’s Hour, Sky News and BBC News 24, and is regularly quoted in the national and regional press.

Soundbytes: Monday 24th November


On this day: 

On this day in 1859, Darwin published “On the Origin of Species”, which immediately sold out its initial print run.

Daily Reganite: 

“There’s no more striking symbol of democracy than the picture of a citizen casting a ballot, electing a leader, choosing his or her own destiny.”