Monthly Archives: September 2010

The BBC’s Breathtaking Bias

BBC Bias is arguably the oldest story in the book, yet it still has the capacity to astonish.  This morning in Brussels I was listening to the BBC World Service at some outrageously early hour, when I hear a retrospective … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with the EU Diplomatic Service?

Fringe Meeting, Austin Court, Tuesday Oct 5th, 9:00 a.m.   Back in July we were voting in the Strasbourg Plenary on the proposal to set up the EEAS — the European External Action Service, or EU Diplomatic Service  (under the … Continue reading

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The EU: Will they never learn?

Last night I was listening to the BBC Radio 4 Ten O’Clock News, when I heard a contribution from Don Foster MP.  Now I am not particularly familiar with Mr. Foster, and I assumed he might be a Conservative (he … Continue reading

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Remind me which Party we belong to?

This morning I received an e-mail from a colleague, with the above title, and drawing my attention to two fringe meetings at our Party Conference next week.  Both are sponsored by (this should set alarm bells ringing) The Fabian Society, … Continue reading

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A Sceptic’s stocking-filler

Edmund Burke said: “People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors”.  A key strand in his conservative philosophy was that we inherit the accumulated wisdom of our forebears, which we abandon at our peril. … Continue reading

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Nocton Dairies: Two sides to the question

We all want electricity, but no one wants a nuclear power station next door.  We all want mobile phones, but no one wants a phone mast nearby.  We all want cheap holidays on the Mediterranean, but no one wants a … Continue reading

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The Spanish Property Scam: a suggestion

Few things, perhaps, better illustrate the impotence of MEPs, of the European parliament, and of the EU institutions generally, than the Spanish Property Scam.   Throughout my career as an MEP, I have received heartbreaking and tragic letters from dozens … Continue reading

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