Monthly Archives: October 2010

The trials of Kashmir

Last Friday evening (Oct 29th) I was privileged to be the guest (along with my Press Officer Neelam Cartmell) of the Kashmiri community in the Midlands, at Lahore Kebabish in Derby (where, I may say, you can get an excellent … Continue reading

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Where is our food supposed to come from?

We are seeing a series of interesting proposals to help combat climate change.  First of all, there are biofuels.  In the US, they are turning increasing quantities of maize into bio-ethanol, used to substitute petrol.  In South East Asia, palm … Continue reading

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Pregnant Workers: Correspondence with COFACE

(The Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union) Dear William, Did you read this before your signed it?  Forgive my continuing frankness, but I have never heard such palpable nonsense. “Longer maternity leave represents a benefit for young mothers … Continue reading

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A letter to the FCO

Mr. John Brunskill, Europe Directorate, Foreign & Commonwealth Office Dear John, I have a copy of what appears to be a standard letter from you to a member of public concerned about European issues, and I have to say that … Continue reading

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Remind me — who represents the EU?

We constantly have meetings and seminars in the European parliament, advertised on tasteful and artistic fliers which pop up all over the place.  One particularly caught my eye — a seminar on EU-Libyan relations.  It was illustrated with a picture … Continue reading

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Just why are we knocking £50 off the Winter Fuel Allowance?

I see that David Davis has joined a cross-party list of seventy MPs who are opposing the reduction in the Winter Fuel Allowance.  Meantime I’d like to see it cut to zero, at least for middle-class and better-off folk who … Continue reading

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New hope for renewables – at Leicester University

For some curious reason, one or two people have marked me down as “against renewable energy” – perhaps because I have campaigned vigorously for local protest groups against wind farms.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  I am just … Continue reading

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