Monthly Archives: March 2012

A Brilliant Brussels Idea!

At last, some really good news from the European Institutions!  They’re launching the “European Citizens’ Initiative”.  You’ll be able to set up a petition, and when you’ve collected the signatures, you can come to Brussels and present your idea or … Continue reading

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“Charter for Wind Farms” is a disaster for citizens

The Government’s new Planning Policy Framework Up and down the country, groups of concerned citizens have formed protest groups, worked for many months to raise funds, hired specialist advice and lawyers, fought wind farm planning applications, and won, and opened the … Continue reading

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An aero-space evening

On  Tuesday I attended an event organised by the aero-space group in the parliament, for a presentation on the EU’s “CleanSky” project.  This is a large-scale project to develop “cleaner” aviation, and the main thrust of the evening seemed to … Continue reading

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East Midlands shale gas: a great opportunity

I’m very pleased with the news that potentially commercial volumes of shale gas (natural gas extracted from shale deposits) have been identified around Melton Mowbray in the East Midlands region.    As the UKIP spokesman on Industry & Energy, I recall the … Continue reading

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The lefties are over-egging the “Granny Tax”

A recent UKIP press release contrasted the withdrawal of the pensioner’s tax allowance, which may increase the Treasury’s revenue by up to £3.5 billion, with the shocking increase of £1.8 billion to the UK’s EU contributions since last November. And … Continue reading

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EU gives coal the cold-shoulder

In a remarkable meeting in Brussels on Wednesday, the Coal Industry appealed for fair and decent treatment from the EU, and went away empty-handed. The event was the 16th Round Table on Coal, intended to allow a dialogue between legislators … Continue reading

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The De-industrialisation of Europe

  Last night we MEPs had an opportunity for what’s called “an exchange of views” with German Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger.  He set out to describe his “Energy Road-Map to 2050”.  This was nothing less than his plan for the … Continue reading

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Canine Partners: Helping the disabled

  On March 19th I was invited to Champneys Springs Health Farm at Measham near the M42, not at all put off by the Gallows Lane address.  Sadly I was not there for a day of spa treatments and pampering, … Continue reading

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Why we must repeal the Climate Change Act

At a recent meeting someone thrust a small booklet into my hand.  Entitled “Reconsidering the Climate Change Act”, it summarised a presentation given on Feb 22nd this year in the House of Commons by the renowned atmospheric physicist Richard S. … Continue reading

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Ed Balls: Fool or Charlatan?

Ed Balls is trying to get his rebuttal in first.  Believing that George Osborne, in his Wednesday budget, will reduce the 50% income tax rate (either a principled move back to 40%, or perhaps a pusillanimous compromise at 45%), Balls … Continue reading

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BMJ acknowledges health impacts of wind farms

The prestigious British Medical Journal has just published an editorial dealing with the health impacts of wind farms, implicitly criticising the authorised noise levels in the UK as too high, and calling for further research.  The piece is entitled “Wind … Continue reading

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EU’s Death-Wish green policies

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Time for a new look at beer tax

Pre-Budget Memo to George Osborne: beer taxes are counter-productive.  They’re too high.  You’re planning a punitive increase in the Budget.  This will not raise new revenue, but it will be a body-blow to the hard-pressed beer and pub industries.  That’s … Continue reading

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Unbelievable. Just unbelievable

I’ve just seen the decision of the government inspector on an appeal regarding the Lyveden New Bield wind farm proposal.  Predictably, the Inspector has accepted the appeal  (Appeal Ref: APP/G2815/A/11/2156757). Too may of these men from Whitehall simply look at the … Continue reading

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EU Own Goal on Airline Emissions

In the escalating row over the EU’s attempts to extend its Emissions Trading Scheme to non-EU airlines, China has now suspended aircraft orders worth $12 billion with Airbus, the EU’s aircraft manufacturing company.   Airbus estimates that 1000 jobs with the company, … Continue reading

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