Monthly Archives: September 2007

Supporting calls for a Referendum

  Supporting The Sun’s campaign for a referendum: Conservative MEPs demonstrate in the Hemicycle of the European parliament in Strasbourg, Sept 27th.   L to R; Chris Heaton-Harris, E Mids (part-picture); Den Dover, N West; Syed Kamall, London; Martin Callanan, … Continue reading

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Peer-Reviewed Papers support climate sceptics

Over and over again, in the great Climate Debate, we read that “not a single peer-reviewed scientific paper supports the sceptics”.  This claim came up recently in a comment from Julian Lees, which appeared on my earlier blog item “Driving … Continue reading

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Telling the truth about hunting

Roger at the Hunting Intergroup meeting in Strasbourg on Sept 26th, with Ms. Cristina Caretta, President, Confederazione delle Assocazioni Venatorie Italiane, and Dr. Yves Lecocq, Secretary General of  F.A.C.E., the European Hunting & Conservation Federation Bambi has a lot to … Continue reading

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Recognition for the Roger Helmer Blog!

Iain Dale ( has conducted a poll of right-of-centre political blogs, and I was delighted to see that although mine has been running only a couple of months, it came in the top third of the hundred he analysed, at … Continue reading

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The terminal cynicism of the EU élites

Two contrasting messages: in those EU countries where there is pressure for a referendum on the Renamed Constitution, politicians are saying “This treaty is quite different from the Constitution, and therefore there is no need for a referendum”.  We hear … Continue reading

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Our duty to the environment

I get occasional letters from constituents who make two points on the environment.  Given the universal scientific consensus on climate change, how can one realistically disagree?  And is it not my duty, as an elected politician, to promote the best … Continue reading

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Meeting the President of the United States

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Driving to a cleaner future

The European parliament is currently looking at proposals that would require auto makers to reduce average emissions to 120 gms of CO2 per kilometre by 2012.  This is a very low figure indeed.  Think Ford Ka, or Smart Car.  Think … Continue reading

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EU Commission calls for mass immigration

You read that right.  Do not adjust your mind — there is a fault in reality!  EU “Justice” Commissioner Franco Frattini is concerned about declining population and the pensions gap in Europe, and proposes to solve the problem by admitting … Continue reading

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Referendum Campaign: avoid the “In-or-Out” trap

Ming Campbell has come up with a spiffing wheeze.  Never mind a referendum on the Renamed Constitution, he says, let’s resolve the EU question once and for all, and have a referendum on whether we should leave the EU altogether. … Continue reading

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Gummer’s plan: A Non-Conservative Manifesto

I have just read the trailed highlights of John Gummer’s “Quality of Life” report, and I am hopping mad.  It reads like a joke caricature of a Non-Conservative Manifesto.  With Zac Goldsmith on the team, the ritual genuflection at the … Continue reading

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How has it come to this

On Sept 10th, the BBC reported that the EU had decided that Britain could keep its traditional measures, pounds and ounces, inches and feet.  So far so good.  But how has it come to this, that Britain, until recently an … Continue reading

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Better Regulation

I thought you would all appreciate reading a copy of a speech I gave last week during plenary in Strasbourg. Let me know what you think in the comments.  Mr. President, As we debate “Better Regulation”, we should first recall the scale … Continue reading

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Marching Orders from Berlin

I have written previously (Aug 22nd) about the rotund German Christian Democrat MEP Elmar Brok.  He is practically a caricature German, who somehow seems to be in leder-hosen even when wearing a suit.  And he has strong views about Europe, … Continue reading

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On Saturday October 27th, a cross-party demonstration will take place in Parliament Square at noon, followed by a Rally in the adjacent Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre.  Voting papers will be put into symbolic ballot boxes, and a range of speakers … Continue reading

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