Monthly Archives: January 2011

Churchover fights the turbine scourge

On January 27th, despite bitter weather, around 80 protesters, plus dogs and children, gathered on the steps of Rugby Town Hall to voice their objections to plans for more wind farms around Rugby, including the proposal for Churchover.  Strictly speaking, … Continue reading

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A nation needs a narrative

And children need an intellectual hinterland, a shared infrastructure of the mind; and that should include a basic knowledge of English history.  Not some thin gruel of cod-sociology, of the kind that has been imposed on our schools by the … Continue reading

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The EU embraces post-democratic governance

As Churchill put it, “Democracy is the worst form of government we know — apart from all the others”.  But that message doesn’t seem to have got through to the EU. A year or two ago, the parliament organised a … Continue reading

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Maybe the Green NGOs aren’t always right

I’ve just returned from a lightning visit to Kuala Lumpur, in Malaysia, where I was a guest of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC).  From 1987 to 1990 (more than twenty years ago, I’m horrified to say) I lived in … Continue reading

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Time Travel: A Rural Ride to the 1820s

I recently acquired a copy of “Rural Rides”, by William Cobbett, a radical 19th Century political activist — and farmer — who in the 1820s was writing a seditious journal called the Political Register. In his sixties, he was in … Continue reading

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UNESCO recognises falconry as a cultural icon

UNESCO, the United Nations’ Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, has recognised falconry — the hunting of small game with trained birds of prey — as “An Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”.  The accolade was awarded in Nairobi last November, after … Continue reading

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A Comment from a Young Gay Man:

Dear Roger, After at first being incredibly annoyed by your comments, I have taken the time to appreciate the point you were trying to make. The key word is ‘consenting’. I am a young gay man, who has accepted what I … Continue reading

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Standing up for homosexual rights

Yesterday I was intrigued by a story in the Sunday Telegraph about Lesley Pilkington, a psychotherapist threatened with striking-off by her professional association, the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, for offering to try to help a homosexual go straight, … Continue reading

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Should Conservatives care about the environment?

The piece below (“If the salt hath lost its savour”) appeared first on ConHome (thanks Tim Montgomerie!), and attracted a very large volume of comment — so large, in fact, that I have been unable to find again, for reference, … Continue reading

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“If the Salt hath lost its Savour…..

….wherewith shall it be salted?”  Forgive me for starting off with a quote from the Good Book.  Please just regard it as paying respect to the 400th Anniversary of the King James Version.  But for those less than comfortable with … Continue reading

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The Past and Future of Climate

I seem to be becoming Exchange Central for publishers of new books on climate.  But a recent one caught my eye, not least because it has a foreword by the redoubtable David Bellamy.  You’ll remember David Bellamy.  He used to … Continue reading

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Euro-Luvvies eat their words

It is sad, and funny, and incredibly poignant, to go back and read what promoters of the Single Currency were saying in the old days.  And to save us doing the research, Open Europe (splendid folk) have done it for … Continue reading

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A lively debate on euro debt instruments

Stick with me.  It sounds boring, but I at least found it interesting.   Yesterday we had a fascinating debate in our ECR Group meeting about a proposal currently going through the parliament — we vote in Straz next week.  … Continue reading

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Britain to have the world’s most expensive electricity

Recently I received a copy of Energy Focus, a journal of energy studies published by the Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies in Westminster.   Very formal it was, with a portcullis on the front and a picture of the Palace of … Continue reading

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The Stones of Venice

I have recently been following the story of the Pre-Raphaelites, and I think I have written in earlier blogs about some of their work.  I have also taken a great interest in the Arts and Crafts Movement, and in William … Continue reading

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