Monthly Archives: December 2011

BBC Bias: Thought for the Day, Brussels style

  Today is perhaps a good day to write about BBC bias, not least out of respect for Christopher Booker’s excellent report for the Global Warming Policy Foundation on the systemic bias in BBC coverage of climate change. But my … Continue reading

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Thanks for the mention, Boris!

Dec 7th on the BBC’s World at One: London Mayor Boris Johnson, speaking about the €uro, said “To use the rather graphic phrase of someone the other day, we’re saving the cancer, not the patient”.  For good measure, Boris also … Continue reading

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Move over Victor Meldrew!

Good old Victor Meldrew was a paradigm for men of a certain age.  Pottering about in the garden shed, furious at the excesses of the modern would, fulminating against the decline in manners, courtesy, grammar, and just about everything else.  … Continue reading

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The vast gap between Dream and Reality

In November,  American economist and general-purpose big-oil baiter Jeremy Rifkin wrote about the “Third Industrial Revolution”, and how green energy is the key to mankind’s survival.  He included a five-step plan on how the world could run on technology and renewable energies  after the end of the … Continue reading

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Saving the disease, not the patient

I was delighted to see that Peter Oborne, in his Daily Telegraph article today about the €uro, quotes my line (tweeted earlier in the week).  I said that asking “Can the €uro be saved?” is a bit like asking a … Continue reading

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Ain’t you just proud to be a Conservative?

“Tories drop challenge to Brussels on work rules” screams a newspaper headline.  According to Bruno Waterfield, our friendly Daily Telegraph journalist in Brussels, the idea of making trouble and demanding repatriation of powers is just too much to contemplate while … Continue reading

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Bring Back the Lira!

It seems that the Italian press is starting to print calls for the return of the lira, to get Italy out of its current crisis. I suspect that this idea, whether expressed by journalists or street demonstrators, is not based … Continue reading

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Lies, damned lies — and the percentage of our laws that come from Brux

It’s customary for eurosceptics to assert that more than half — or 70%, or 80% — of our new laws in the UK come from Brussels.  And of course it’s a very difficult proposition to prove rigorously.  What do we count?  … Continue reading

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Come off it Esther!

“Get outta here”, as my American colleague Joe Bono might say.  It seems from today’s press that the latest thing is “Grey Pride”.    “Esther Rantzen seeks a ‘Grey Minister’ for the elderly” screams a Telegraph headline.  (Funny — I thought most … Continue reading

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