Monthly Archives: April 2009

Parkinson’s Disease and Animal testing

On April 29th I attended an event organised jointly by the Parkinson’s Disease Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, the British Heart Foundation and others, under the aegis of the UK Biosciences Federation.  The event coincided with the parliament’s consideration of a … Continue reading

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Playing the man, not the ball

I’m hearing that Bill Turncoat Dunn MEP, hoping to be re-elected in June on the Lib-Dem list, has been going around the region making highly personalised attacks on me.  Nothing new there, except that he’s chosen a rather odd line … Continue reading

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Libertas and the European Elections

I’ve had an enquiry on my blog: “For those of us who want to copy Norway and Switzerland and be associate members of the EU, please could you write something on Libertas?  While I hugely admire the work that Conservative … Continue reading

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Scoring points, achieving rankings

In my typical environmentally-friendly way, I usually travel into the parliament in Strasbourg, from my hotel, on the tram (carriages built in Derby), so I have plenty of time at the tram stop to observe the street, which is showing … Continue reading

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The Budget: Tragedy with Banality

I wanted to blog about the Budget, but in a sense there’s so little to say.  It had been so heavily trailed (what a contrast to the days when the most trivial pre-Budget leak from a Chancellor was a resigning … Continue reading

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Lord Stern: “Ignorant and reckless”

Lord Stern’s new book “Blueprint for a Safer Planet” has just been launched, with a broadside against the “sceptics”, who are “ignorant and reckless”.  He continues “the science is sound: greenhouse gases trap heat … the logic of the greenhouse … Continue reading

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Driving with the handbrake on

What should we think of a driver who routinely drove with the hand-brake on?  Or a householder who ran the central heating and the air-con at the same time, to maintain an equable temperature in the home?  Madness.   Yet … Continue reading

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