Monthly Archives: March 2010

Is Labour missing the point?

Labour has just published a leaflet attacking the Tories. No surprise there, then.  They concentrate on our allies in the European parliament, and on comments made by our MEPs, including, I have to say, myself. The attack on our allies … Continue reading

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Professor Phil Jones gets another thing wrong

Professor Phil Jones was head of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia until forced to step down recently following the leaked e-mails affair.  Reading the CRU e-mails, many commentators concluded that Prof. Jones had been — … Continue reading

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Putting out the Flags

Yesterday (March 6th) I was privileged to be invited to Ilkeston, Derbyshire, to a Welcome Parade for the Mercian Regiment, newly returned from Afghanistan. We are all familiar with the sadness and pathos of the repatriations at Wootton Bassett, where … Continue reading

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The incestuous subversion of the peer-review process

I awoke this morning, March 5th, to a sharp frost, after one of the coldest winters I can remember.  And I awoke to the news that the Met Office has announced a new body of research, based on 101 scientific … Continue reading

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The thin end of a very nasty wedge

Brussels has announced plans for an EU-wide petrol/carbon tax.  There is now apparently an EU Commissioner for taxation, Mr. Algerdas Semeta (no, I hadn’t heard of him either).  He knows that a similar proposal five years ago was abandoned without … Continue reading

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The only “Fair Trade” is free trade

Last week the Prime Minister’s wife Sarah Brown gave her backing to the campaign for Fairtrade products, when she was photographed in front of Number Ten with a group of “tea ladies”, and holding a tray with a tea-pot. We … Continue reading

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First UK Tea Party event

The Freedom Association’s Tea Party Fringe event at the Conservative Spring Conference in Brighton on Saturday was a huge success — a tribute not only to the organisation of TFA Director Simon Richards, but to the drawing power of our … Continue reading

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Spirits duty: Another mindless tax proposal from Labour

If press reports are to be believed, Brown and Darling are gearing themselves up to raise duties on a bottle of spirits by around £8 a bottle in the forthcoming budget.  This could take a bottle of Bells whisky from … Continue reading

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