Author Archives: rogeroffice

A message to the miners

I was talking to a UKIP activist in Derbyshire recently, and he asked (rather wistfully) if we could make a UKIP commitment to seeking to re-open the remaining deep coal mines in the Midlands which are currently scheduled for closure.  … Continue reading

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Motherhood and Apple Pie

I noticed on Twitter recently that UKIP MEPs had been accused of “voting against equal pay for women”.  Of course we did no such thing.  We voted against Brussels’ interference in UK labour markets. Equal pay is a highly emotive … Continue reading

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It is Time to Dismantle the Euro

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One Nation Politics

Odd, isn’t it, that even with Google, you can lose a press article that you clearly remember seeing.  There was an excellent piece in the Indy recently (that’s not a sentence I write very often!) about Labour’s complacency over the … Continue reading

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Global Warming Pause? What Pause?

On Thursday April 3rd, I took part in a Hustings-type debate in a lecture hall at Nottingham Trent University.  It was organised by the Nottingham Post, and we had Conservative, Labour, Lib-Dem, and Green candidates – although I was the … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about CO2

They’re at it again.  Al Gore Tweets “Continued carbon pollution threatens humanity’s future”.  Leave aside the technical quibble that he seems not to know the difference between carbon and carbon dioxide.  The huge error in his Tweet is, of course, … Continue reading

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Prodding the Russian Bear

During an election campaign, one can rely on one’s opponents to pick on any chance remark and blow it out of proportion.  This seems to be happening with Nigel Farage’s comments on Russia, Putin and the Ukraine. Nigel has remarked … Continue reading

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The CBI gets its sums wrong

Pro-EU politicians from the old parties keep telling us that “every UK family benefits by £3000 a year from EU membership”. This is based on a recent CBI report. But there are big questions about the CBI’s numbers. First of all, … Continue reading

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Influence? What Influence?

We’re far enough into the €uro campaign for broad lines of our opponents’ case to be becoming clear.  First it was Jobs.  We need to be in the EU for jobs.  The Lib-Dem slogan will be “In Europe, In Work” … Continue reading

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So what does an MEP actually do?

My recent spat with Lib-Dem Bill Newton Dunn over voting rates (covered in BBC Political Correspondent John Hess’ blog) has attracted some comment on Twitter, and I’m particularly concerned by the mistaken assumptions and, frankly, the ignorance of the comments … Continue reading

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Ukrainian Reflections

I was invited on March 18th to speak to a conference at the Renaissance Hotel Brussels organised by the EU-Ukraine Business Council, to offer my reflections from a UKIP perspective on the situation in the Ukraine.  I said something like … Continue reading

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Energy: The Tide is Turning

For at least two years, now, UKIP has been raising the problems of EU energy policy, which have driven up prices in Europe, just at the time when the USA is benefitting from cheap shale gas.  Shale gas has driven … Continue reading

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Self-serving puffery from the wind renewables industry

With our European campaign in full flow, I don’t find myself with much time to browse through comments left on my twitter feed. But at the weekend, I happened upon this: R. Andreas Kraemer ‏@RAKraemer  19h  .@RogerHelmerMEP Please look at #Germany #Energiewende … Continue reading

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“The most successful New Party in a generation”

Two academics have written a book about the rise of UKIP.  One of them (I’m not sure if it was Robert Ford from the University of Manchester, or Matthew Goodwin from the University of Nottingham) was on the Today Programme … Continue reading

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The EU is a Job-Destruction Machine

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