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Wishful thinking at the CBI

    I was struck by an article in The Sunday Telegraph of July 20th, by the CBI’s Deputy Director General Katja Hall.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/10978196/Lets-dispel-the-myth-we-lack-allies-in-Brussels.html.   “Let’s dispel the myth that we have no allies in Brussels”, it’s headlined.  And as … Continue reading

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UKIP sets the agenda, …and drives the government re-shuffle

Perhaps the most striking feature of David Cameron’s extensive reshuffle is that is largely a defensive response to UKIP.  We are setting the agenda.  We are making the weather. The three main themes of the reshuffle were: Presenting a more … Continue reading

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Watch out for the food police!

As a politician with a broadly libertarian outlook, I’m getting increasingly frustrated by the government’s assumption that it’s entitled to tell us what to eat and drink.  I think it’s a fundamental right of all grown-ups in their right mind … Continue reading

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Surreal in Strasbourg

     Mr. Ferdinando Feroci Last night I attended a meeting in the Strasbourg parliament of the Industry Committee ITRE, which had been called for a hearing to approve a new Industry Commissioner, Mr. Ferdinando Feroci. http://www.europeanvoice.com/article/italy-names-nelli-feroci-as-temporary-european-commissioner/  He will be replacing the … Continue reading

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Beware of “Smart Meters”

They could allow Big Brother to turn off your lights Pretty soon you’ll be offered a “smart meter”, with all sorts of sales talk about the benefits and savings it will deliver.  But smart meters may not be all good … Continue reading

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“Demand-side management”: Blackouts by another name

..and why “green energy” is economic nonsense In a recent speech Ed Davey announced that energy intensive companies would be paid to switch off their machinery during times of high demand. As many have noted, this not what happens in … Continue reading

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Libel by social media

In a recent blog, I talked about the appalling lies that appeared in the press during the euro and Newark election campaigns, and I mentioned that even more bizarre calumnies appeared in social media. One day during the euro campaign, … Continue reading

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Sorry, Tony Blair. But you’re wrong. Again.

So Tony Blair, the great expert on geo-politics — and everything else — lets us into the secret of the Iraq dilemma.  It wasn’t the fault of the West for intervening and toppling Saddam Hussein in 2003.  Or as they … Continue reading

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Lies, Damned Lies and Newspaper reports

(and “gay cures” on the NHS) I think it was Enoch Powell who said that there’s no more point in a politician complaining about the media than a sailor complaining about the sea.  He was right, of course.  So I … Continue reading

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A big Thank You to UKIP activists

Now that the dust has had time to settle, it’s time to thank all those UKIP activists who came to Newark in their hundreds.  The best day was probably May 31st — the day of the great pre-election rally in … Continue reading

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D-Day in Newark

June 5th is polling day in Newark.  This is my fifth election since 1999. My second in a fortnight.  And my first Westminster election.  I’m the UKIP candidate. Opinion polls are still putting the Conservatives in the lead.  I just … Continue reading

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Deliberate, defamatory lies from the Mail on Sunday

On June 1st, the Mail on Sunday published what purported to be a report on my interview with their Political Editor Simon Walters. In fact, the piece bore little or no relation to our interview, and appears to be simply … Continue reading

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The Observer’s spectacular own goal

Back in 2002, I wrote a piece that ended up in my book “A Declaration of Independence”.  Somewhere in the depths of this piece, I made a reference to the repatriation of immigrants. Did I propose compulsory repatriation?  No, I … Continue reading

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Wind turbines: a disaster for birds

I’m receiving a lot of letters regarding the shooting of songbirds in Malta for sport.  While I’m not opposed in principle to the shooting of birds for sport or for the pot, the annual carnage in Malta seems disproportionate and … Continue reading

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“Isolation”: Clegg’s shameful lie

The pro-Brussels camp seems to have two main arguments for EU membership.  In the recent Farage/Clegg debates, Clegg pushed them relentlessly.  Outside the EU, we shall lose jobs, and influence, he claimed.  We shall be “isolated and marginalised”. I comprehensively … Continue reading

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