Monthly Archives: September 2011

“I fear a European war…

 …and I’d like to get US Green Cards for my children”   This extraordinary statement came this morning (Sept 14th) in the Hemicycle of the European parliament in Strasbourg, in a debate on the euro economic crisis.  The speaker was … Continue reading

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New Eurosceptic group in Westminster

Today, the new group of eurosceptic MPs from the 2010 intake, which is the initiative of Chris Heaton-Harris, George Eustace and Andrea Leadsom (Chris & Andrea from the East Midlands), will meet in Westminster.  As the country turns radically more … Continue reading

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The Euro: An American View

The Heritage Foundation in Washington recently conducted a seminar on the prospects for the euro and the implications for the US economy.  Regular readers of this blog may recall that I have worked with the Heritage Foundation from time to … Continue reading

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Three Cheers for Liquorice Allsorts Schools!

According to an educational academic, the UK has “too many types of school”.  Cameron and his government are creating “Liquorice Allsorts schools”.  This of course is a reference to Michael Gove’s “free schools”, which seem to be doing rather better … Continue reading

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Europe is failing: But the cure is more Europe!

Europe is in crisis, and the internal contradictions of the failed euro currency project — described by Lord Lawson as “among the most irresponsible political initiatives of the post-war world” — threaten not just the EU but the global economy. Schadenfreude … Continue reading

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Cameron should call Clegg’s Bluff

Plans frustrated.  Hopes disappointed.  Aspirations denied.  I guess that could stand as an epitaph for the European project as a whole, but it also describes my reaction to some recent news stories. On Tuesday, the Telegraph ran a headline “Cameron moves … Continue reading

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Open letter to the US Ambassador to the European Union

Yesterday the ECR group was addressed by the US Ambassador to the European Union, William E. Kennard, in which he expressed his wish for a better understanding of the eurosceptic point of view. Later that day I wrote to him … Continue reading

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Fuel Poverty: has the shilling dropped?

It seems that the light is beginning to dawn.  A press headline from August 4th reads “Reforms to add £300 to energy bills“.  Consumer groups have warned that this increase could be “the last straw” for hard-pressed households.  The energy … Continue reading

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Vanessa Redgrave and the Travellers

There should be no need to set out a clear view of the rights and wrongs of the situation developing at Dale Farm, where “travellers” are encamped on a site much of which lacks planning permission.  Their dwellings are in … Continue reading

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We need clear thinking on law and order

Recently someone added a comment to one of my blogs: “Your last blog started ‘Yesterday I Tweeted…’, so I stopped reading then and there.  I don’t want to read about your reheated Tweets” (or words to that effect).  If that … Continue reading

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A declaration of interest

Today I had the pleasure and privilege of going to the extraordinarily beautiful village of Sudborough, in Northamptonshire, and I am ashamed to admit that despite having represented the East Midlands for twelve years, this was my first visit there.  … Continue reading

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An open letter to “Conservatives Against Foxhunting”

I was taken aback, and saddened, to find that there’s a group established in Westminster called “Conservatives Against Fox-Hunting”. I am not at all clear about their motivation.  Are they genuinely concerned about animal welfare?  If so, they ought to … Continue reading

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Will the Greek bail-outs do the trick?

Not if the German experience is anything to go by. I recently received a fascinating short paper from Ian Milne of Global Britain.  It’s an analysis of the German post-reunification experience, where vast subventions from West to East were expected … Continue reading

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Green Jobs? What Green Jobs?

Chris Huhne, described as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has no time for any carping or questioning about his energy policy. Sceptics point out that increasing numbers of scientists are doubting the fundamental CO2/climate change link, as … Continue reading

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