Monthly Archives: October 2011

Why is the €uro like the Edsel?

  This morning, Mr, Jean-Claude Trichet, retiring President of the ECB, was on the BBC Today programme, insisting that the Bank had done a fine job, and that the euro-crisis was caused by the errors of politicians, by Greek mendacity, … Continue reading

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Health risks from exotic pets

I’ve just been at a meeting of the European parliament’s Animal Welfare Group, which dealt with alien and invasive species.  The meeting was chaired by our colleague Carl SCHLYTER, a Green MEP from Sweden.   Invasive species represent a number of potential … Continue reading

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The scientific finding that fails to settle the climate-change debate

There’s been a lot of excitement amongst the climate alarmist community recently (everyone has “a community” these days) about a set of results from the Berkeley Climate Project in the US which, they claim, settles the climate debate once and … Continue reading

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Solar Energy: Jam tomorrow?

Straz Oct 25th: before the EEF dinner debate   As its advocates love to tell you, enough solar energy hits the earth to cover a zillion times all the world’s power needs.  All we need to do is collect a … Continue reading

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Climate Change: The Science

Maybe it’s because of the huge success on the Amazon Best-Seller lists of popular books debunking climate hysteria that true believers insist that “there is no peer-reviewed science challenging the consensus on climate change”.  Maybe these claims are also based … Continue reading

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Rôle of Honour

80 Conservative MPs vote for an EU referendum Last night, some 80 courageous Conservative MPs put country before career, and voted for an EU referendum.  Thirteen of them are from the East Midlands region that I represent.  I salute them: … Continue reading

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The most pointless protest in history?

On Saturday, I was invited to join a BBC Five Live debate, around 10:15 p.m.  Chaired by Stephen Nolan, it was mainly a conversation between me and a representative of the “Occupy London” protest movement, Naomi Colvin (pronounced Nigh-Oh-Mee, apparently). … Continue reading

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Zahawi replies

I recently blogged my open letter to Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi, challenging some remarks he’d made on the BBC’s Politics Show, and I have his reply (posted below). I am grateful for his reply, and he is entitled to respect … Continue reading

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Never mind the lifeboats!

I’m too busy steering the ship “Never mind the lifeboats”.  This seems to be William Hague’s approach to the EU crisis, as I Tweeted earlier today.  Instead of seeing a radical change in our relationship with the EU as essential … Continue reading

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An Open letter to Labour MEP Mary Honeyball

(An unreconstructed, strident and obsessive feminist) Dear Mary, In your blog, and quoting from my recent resignation letter, you write: “I also noted that Mr Helmer assumed that he would be standing aside for a ‘younger man’.  Clearly that was no chance … Continue reading

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Open letter to Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi

Dear Nadhim, I saw you on the Politics Show in debate with Nigel Farage of UKIP at the weekend.  I must say I was disappointed to see you repeating the discredited platitude that “we need to be in the EU … Continue reading

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“Oklahoma!”, 21st Century style

Remember that great Rogers & Hammerstein show? A first-night critic complained “No legs, no jokes, no chance!”.  But it went on to become one of Broadway’s most successful musicals. Maybe you remember these lines from the title song? Oklahoma!  Every night … Continue reading

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The extraordinary safety of nuclear power

I want to say a bit more about last Friday’s nuclear debate at Exeter University.  I was struck by the misconceptions that were expressed.  The local Green Party man argued that Somali pirates were motivated to hi-jack ships and kidnap … Continue reading

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Nuclear Debate: Exeter University

On Friday I was privileged to be invited to the Exeter University Debating Society, to oppose the motion “This House believes that nuclear energy is unsafe”.  It’s a long way to Exeter, so my hosts kindly put me up in … Continue reading

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Independent schools

A quick comment (which is just a bit too long for a Tweet) on the recent court case! The Charities Commission under the leadership of the dreaded Suzi Leather has sought to impose onerous “public benefit” criteria on independent schools … Continue reading

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