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After the Referendum??

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Mayerling

Viviana Durante dances Mary Vetsera Just one hundred and twenty-five years ago, Crown Prince Rupert, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, took his teenage mistress Mary Vetsera to the hunting lodge at Mayerling, a small village in Lower Austria.  The site … Continue reading

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Ask a stupid question ……

I’m occasionally astonished to reflect that I’ve now been an MEP for fifteen years.  During that time, and especially in the early days, I used to get people saying to me “A single currency works very well in the USA.  … Continue reading

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Scottish Vote: “A YES vote is forever”

So says David Cameron.  But as in so many things, he could well be wrong.  Most economic commentators expect a very negative reaction to a Yes vote, if that’s what happens on  September 18th.  This could happen quickly: indeed it … Continue reading

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Anna Soubry doesn’t get it

A small postscript to my piece about Any Questions, which you’ll find below.  There was a question about child abuse, and the recent scandals.  I took the opportunity to air a point that I know has been of great concern … Continue reading

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Any Questions Sept 5th

Westonbirt School for Girls On Friday Sept 5th, I appeared on the BBC Any Questions panel at Westonbirt School, near Tetbury in Gloucestershire, along with Anna Soubry MP (Tory, Broxtowe); Caroline Lucas, former Green MEP and now MP; and Michael Dugher, … Continue reading

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The physics of a boiling kettle – my question to the commission!

MY WRITTEN QUESTION TO THE COMMISSION: “I understand that the Commission proposes to introduce measures to limit the power of electric kettles. Is this the case? Does the Commission have any grasp of the basic physics of boiling a kettle? … Continue reading

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