Monthly Archives: March 2010

Osborne’s NICs Pledge is Spot On

This morning I Tweeted: “They say that George Osborne’s NICs pledge will cost £5bn. But it may cost nothing, if it saves jobs and promotes employment”. Let me expand on that. For a start, why do we still talk about … Continue reading

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The Menace of the European Arrest Warrant

Two Derby men, David Birkinshaw and Matthew Neale, have suffered a grave injustice, and the fault lies fair and square with the European Arrest Warrant, which is a major threat to our rights and freedoms under the law. Readers will … Continue reading

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The Impotence of the EU’s Fundamental Rights Charter

The Impotence of the EU’s Fundamental Rights Charter Let me be clear: I have always opposed the European Constitution/Lisbon Treaty, for reasons which I have rehearsed many times.  And I have opposed the associated Charter of Fundamental Rights.  I believe … Continue reading

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For Fatherland and Freedom

The Guardianista agitprop machine, with the Labour Press Office in tow, is in full cry after our European allies in the European Conservatives Group.  Much of their fire has been directed at our leader Michal Tomas Kaminski and his Polish … Continue reading

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Derby Two: Piling on the Agony

The case of the Derby Two, David Birkinshaw and Matthew Neale, and their trial in Riga, becomes ever more convoluted — and increases the anxiety and distress piled on the accused and their families. The alleged offence took place in … Continue reading

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Statement by the Spanish authorities concerning the Ley de Costas petitions

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Spanish Government faces flak over property scams

Yesterday in the European parliament’s Petitions Committee, a Spanish government spokesman attracted widespread condemnation for Spain’s failure, over many years, to act on extensive property scams, affecting British and other buyers of Spanish holiday and retirement homes. In the meeting, … Continue reading

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Promoting youth access to the labour market

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Commissioner Viviane Reding: Too Little, Too Late

This morning in Brussels, I attended a breakfast meeting organised by the European Policy Centre in the Berlaymont Hotel, Boulevard Charlemagne, Brussels.  The speaker was Viviane Reding, the EU’s Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship.  I took the opportunity … Continue reading

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Backing canine charities

At the Crufts DFS Dog Show in Birmingham at the weekend, I made a point of visiting canine charities.  I met Jess Thomas of Pets As Therapy and her dog, 11 year-old Jody.  Jody was a competitor in the Crufts … Continue reading

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Climate cartoon

Cartoon courtesy of Cartoons by Josh Click image to enlarge

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Reuniting lost or stolen dogs with their owners

More and more of us are getting our dogs microchipped, but the microchip is no good unless vets, and police and dog rescue organisations, actually scan the dogs they see, and if necessary refer them back to PetLog to see … Continue reading

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European Arrest Warrant (EAW): The scandal deepens

Back in October (26th), I blogged about two of my constituents, the “Derby Two”, who were sent off to Riga, Latvia, on very tenuous charges, held in a Stalin-era prison for nearly three months, then acquitted for lack of evidence. … Continue reading

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Roger Helmer on the Spanish Property Scam

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Speech: Plenary: March 12th. Roger Helmer MEP on Energy Policy and Nuclear Power.

Madame Chairman: We’ve heard a lot of nonsense today about green jobs. The fact is that our obsession with renewables is driving up electricity costs, and forcing European citizens into fuel poverty. Higher energy prices drive energy-intensive industries out of … Continue reading

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