Monthly Archives: July 2010

Wind Farm protesters get a new champion

My former MEP colleague Chris Heaton-Harris, now MP for Daventry (pictured above at his election-night Count), is doing a wonderful job on the vexed question of wind-farms.  He made it the subject of his Maiden Speech, and has raised it … Continue reading

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Tales from the Riverbank – and the Towpath

I seem to have been doing quite a lot with canals recently.  Last October I was privileged to attend the re-opening of the renovated Market Harborough Canal, accompanying a parade of boats (with brass band) from Foxton Locks.  I have … Continue reading

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Boston Tea Party comes to …. Boston!

On Sunday July 12th, Rupert Matthews and I, with a group of dedicated activists, conducted a symbolic re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party — appropriately enough, in Boston, Lincs!  Furnished with a monster tea-cup, Rupert poured leaf tea from the … Continue reading

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Human Rights in Iran

I have done some work recently on Human Rights in Iran — I have a picture taken with a prominent Canadian-Iranian human rights activist on my home page at http://www.rogerhelmer.com.  My activities seem to have come to the attention of … Continue reading

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The Benefits of “Undergrounding”

I have just been made privy to some correspondence between a constituent and the CPRE, in which the CPRE (a certain Dustin Benton, who works on “the CPRE’s climate and energy policy”) sets out a pro-wind-farm policy.  Genuflecting to the … Continue reading

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Climate Change: a collective flight from reality

This article first appeared in the Washington Times in the USA Climate change isn’t a threat.  CO2 isn’t a significant factor.  But the action we’re proposing to take on climate mitigation will devastate our Western economies and impoverish a whole … Continue reading

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A Far Far Better Thing

So it’s over.  Raoul Moat has died by his own hand, near the river in Rothbury.   Had the police taken him alive, as they sought to do, I might well be writing a passionate plea for Capital Punishment.  Surely … Continue reading

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The Church of England and cultural relativism

Long gone are the days when we could see the Church of England as the Conservative Party at prayer.  Indeed a convocation of clergy is more likely these days to look like a sub-set of the Labour Party (the Fabian … Continue reading

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Random thoughts on the financial crisis

I don’t usually comment in depth on the financial crisis, because the business pages are full of commentators (my favourite is Ambrose, you may have noticed) who understand it a great deal better than I do. But I have a … Continue reading

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What is wrong with wind power

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An Open Letter to Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Dear Chris, I am hoping that you read Bjorn Lomborg’s article in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph, entitled “The EU’s response to global warming is a costly mistake”.  You can find his article at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/7867422/The-EUs-response-to-global-warming-is-a-costly-mistake.html As you will be aware, Lomborg started … Continue reading

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Is John Bercow a Dwarf?

It seems that Simon Burns, the Tory MP for Chelmsford, was so incensed by comments from Mr. Speaker John Bercow that he described him, sotto voce, as a “stupid, sanctimonious dwarf”.  But not sotto voce enough.  The whispered remark was … Continue reading

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Kafka in Brussels

I just had a truly weird experience.  I was invited to the Video centre in the parliament to make a short recorded statement for a new video installation in the parliament’s visitor centre.  Each MEP is being invited to record … Continue reading

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Rumpy Pumpy: “And answer came there none”

This week in our ECR Group meeting in Brux we were privileged to have the new semi-permanent President of the EU Council to address us.  Mr. Herman Van Rompuy is a Belgian national and former (temporary) Belgian Prime Minister (he seems … Continue reading

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