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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