Monthly Archives: January 2012

Watermelons: Delingpole on Climate

The infuriating thing about James Delingpole is not that he claims, with his usual self-deprecating charm, to be “the journalist who is always right about everything”, but that, for the most part, he really is always right about everything. I’ve … Continue reading

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What to make of the Bishops?

There was a time, sadly long gone, when the Church of England could be described as “the Conservative Party at prayer”.  These days, “the Fabian Society at prayer” might be more accurate. I have crossed swords in the past with … Continue reading

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Speaking at the Employment Committee – 26 January 2012

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The EU: Reinforcing failure…

…and throwing good money after bad I’ve just spent an unedifying hour in the Unemployment Committee.  With the EU’s manic six-month rotating presidency, we’re treated twice a year to the prospect of seeing the relevant ministers from the country holding … Continue reading

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Fuel-Cell vehicle: the test drive

After the recent European Energy Forum dinner-debate on fuel-cells,   I was invited to take a test-drive in an experimental fuel-cell car, an adapted Hyundai (from Korea, where I spent four happy years in an earlier life). The project is funded … Continue reading

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No, Vince, No

A mansion tax is not a good idea! So often in politics we go for the easy, popular option — the idea guaranteed to deliver a few good headlines — rather than the right option, which may well be a … Continue reading

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Naseby Battlefield wind farm:

Official contempt for the public On January 9th I wrote a piece about the proposed wind-farm overlooking the historic battlefield of Naseby, and I undertook to write to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, The Rt. Hon. … Continue reading

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Croatia votes for a noose

Croatia is a delightful country with wonderful beaches on its Adriatic coast-line, and historic cities like Dubrovnik and Split.  A popular tourist destination, it has a place in European history, and claims to have invented the neck-tie. I have spent … Continue reading

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Fool Cells?

I recently wrote a piece about hydrogen fuel cells, and I happened to send a copy to my brother-in-law Oliver Winterbottom, now retired, but formerly an automotive engineer and designer.  He started his career many years ago with Jaguar, and … Continue reading

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Why Warsi is wrong on Rupert

  I’ve just returned from a week in the European parliament in Strasbourg, where Rupert Matthews was a guest of the Conservative delegation.  But while the delegation made Rupert welcome in Strasbourg, Central Office has not had a lot to … Continue reading

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The answer to wind power intermittency? Maybe not!

One of the things I’ve enjoyed hugely during my years in the parliament has been the European Energy Forum (EEF), organised by my good colleague Giles Chichester MEP (SW).  EEF arranges dinner-debate events, where I’ve learned a great deal about … Continue reading

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Shock report: Wind Farms do not reduce emissions!

Wind turbines are expensive, unsightly, noisy and damaging to health.  But Chris Huhne tells us we need them to reduce emissions and prevent global warming. Now a new report shows that the turbines fail even on that rather suspect objective.  … Continue reading

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Diana Wallis throws her toys out of her pram

Diana Wallis, who failed just this week in her bid to become the new President of the European parliament, has thrown her toys out of her pram — or at least (I understand on good authority) has resigned.  Unlike me, … Continue reading

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Decision time on the EU

The first big question on the Coalition’s EU policy: is Cameron frustrated by the constraints of coalition with the euro-fanatic Lib-Dems?  Or is he secretly delighted that Nick Clegg offers the perfect excuse for putting all that difficult re-negotiation stuff … Continue reading

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Resignation Postponed: A Short Personal Statement

In October, I announced my intention to resign from the European parliament on Dec 31st.  I was asked by our Delegation Leader Martin Callanan to postpone that date to Jan 20th to cover some key votes in Strasbourg in January, … Continue reading

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