Monthly Archives: December 2011

£25 bn? No way, José!

£25 billion from the UK to save the €uro?  That’s what Brussels is asking for.  And our answer?  No way José (Manuel Barroso).  No way Herman (Rumply Pumpy).  No way, Mario (Draghi).  You must be joking. A couple of days … Continue reading

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Will Cameron live up to expectations on the EU?

I was recently listening to an interview with a French journalist on the BBC, and it brought home to me a point I suppose I’d been vaguely aware of.  The French actually believe that the €uro crisis was caused by … Continue reading

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“An independent Scotland in the EU”?

Alex Salmond is a sharp political operator.  For a long time I’ve admired his dexterity, his plausibility, his confidence, his ready wit — and let’s be honest, his uncanny ability to irritate the mainstream politicians. I had the pleasure of … Continue reading

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It’s Just Not True….

The great Veto is passing, if not into history, at least into last week, so maybe it’s time to take stock.  It seems to have generated a great number of claims and misconceptions which, when examined, are just not true.  … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Mark Thompson, Director General of the BBC

Mr. Mark Thompson, Director General, BBC     Dear Mr. Thomas, Thought for the Day, Dec 10th I write to complain about your “Thought for the Day” slot on the Today Programme on December 10th, with the Reverend Rob Marshall, … Continue reading

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ECR Elections: A Clean Sweep

My good colleague Martin Callanan MEP (NE) has been elected as Chairman of the ECR Group.  Martin, of course, is a very sound man indeed, and was associated with “The H-Block” in the good old days — Hannan, Heaton-Harris, myself … Continue reading

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EU Veto: The Backlash

It is interesting to try to analyse quite why our European partners — most notably Merkozy — have responded in quite the way they have to Cameron’s historic veto.  Sarkozy’s petulance was hilarious to watch. Boris Johnson (whom I seem … Continue reading

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