Monthly Archives: October 2008

“Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice”

These words were Margaret Thatcher’s response when told that Port Stanley had been re-taken and that the Falklands Islands were back under British control.  They also seemed the ideal injunction as we celebrated the Twentieth anniversary of her famous Bruges … Continue reading

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Monetary Union: the Cracks Widen

We all remember the old schoolboy joke: “What’s a Grecian Urn?”.  Answer: “About a hundred Drachma a week”.  There’s an up-dated 20th century version of that: “What’s the capital of Iceland?”.  No, not Reykjavik.  The answer is “A couple of … Continue reading

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Securing Britain’s borders

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Temporary workers legislation

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Imperial Measures: a Partial Victory

I welcome the British government’s decision to advise councils not to prosecute traders for selling goods in Imperial measures.  But I am concerned that the law is still on the statute book, and that traders selling a pound of potatoes … Continue reading

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Global Cooling continues

This graph shows average global temperature records for the last five years from two of the world’s most respected meteorological institutes, the UK’s Hadley Centre, and the University of Alabama in the US.  Both show a clear downward trend, and … Continue reading

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Oil Industry Profits and Windfall Taxes

Tabloid headlines are obsessed with the notion that big oil equals big profits. Type “Shell” into online media search engines and up pop the following examples: “Shell’s ‘obscene’ £13.9billion profit is biggest ever by British company” (Daily Mail); “Shell records … Continue reading

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