Monthly Archives: September 2012

Rolling out broadband

Last Friday, I had a meeting with Rutland County Council (RCC), to learn more about their broadband programme. Some time ago, they called for bids from broadband companies, and have now struck a deal with BT.  Under the deal, broadband … Continue reading

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UK economy: Our competitiveness is in danger

I’ve been banging on for some time about the threat to British competitiveness from the high price of energy.  We now have the third highest energy prices of any developed economy, after Italy and Japan.  Meantime (how many times have … Continue reading

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The Guardian defends wind farms. Badly.

There has been a lot of publicity recently for the proposition that wind farms don’t in fact deliver on their primary objective of reducing CO2 emissions (whether or not you think emissions reductions are important).  This counter-intuitive result arises because … Continue reading

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BBC Environment Correspondent Roger Harrabin:

“Why I haven’t reported that wind farm emissions savings may be zero” OK.  I’ll be honest.  I shouldn’t have put in the quote marks.  He did not use exactly those words.  But nonetheless I got a strong sense from recent correspondence that … Continue reading

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Friends of the Earth: A Counter-Blast

Recently a colleague in Eastern region wrote to Friends of the Earth (FoE) challenging their policy on wind turbines.  Richard Olive (a suitably green name) of FoE sent an extensive reply, and as UKIP Spokesman on Industry & Energy, I … Continue reading

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The EU Costs Britain £150 billion a year

There have been many estimates of the annual cost of Britain’s EU membership.  It is of course a great deal more than merely our direct annual budget contributions, of around £20 billion gross.  The biggest single element is the cost … Continue reading

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Secure Affordable Energy Policy

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UKIP launches major energy policy statement; rejects wind power

On Sept 21st, at the Party’s annual Conference in Birmingham, I shall be introducing (as UKIP’s Spokesman on Industry and Energy) a major Energy Policy Statement on behalf of the Party.  I have prepared it with the help of Michael … Continue reading

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Solar PV: More harm than good?

I recently saw an interesting idea in an in-coming e-mail.  I believe the idea may have originated in the book “Freakonomics”.  It points out that solar PV panels are black, so they absorb in-coming radiation very effectively.  But they convert … Continue reading

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Fanaticism and intolerance

Early in his Presidency, Barack Obama used a keynote speech in Cairo to reach out to the Muslim world, and to launch his campaign to rehabilitate the USA in Islamic opinion.    Now, after the sacking of the American Consulate … Continue reading

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The new “Gove Levels” — and Clegg’s bizarre attitudes

At last we’re trying to make school examinations more rigorous — one of the rather few areas where we can commend Coalition policy.  But I’m especially interested in Nick Clegg’s reported attitude, which beautifully illustrates how ideological preconceptions trump common … Continue reading

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Jonathan Bullock Joins UKIP

I am delighted to announce that Jonathan Bullock, a Kettering Councillor and an old friend of mine, has decided to leave the Conservative Party and to join UKIP.  Jonathan and I fought the 2004 euro-elections together.  I am very pleased … Continue reading

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Canvassing in Corby

I’ve just spent several very interesting hours canvassing in Corby — or strictly speaking, in Thrapston. Several interesting insights emerged.  First, our Campaign Director, a veteran of several by-election campaigns, has rarely seen such a positive response.  Our very smart … Continue reading

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The €uro: Everything it touches turns to dust

Last Wednesday we MEPs were in the Hemicycle in Straz for one of the big set-pieces of our calendar: the annual State of the Union Address by the Commission President (strange how the EU zealots resent and envy the Americans, … Continue reading

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Minimum alcohol pricing? Bad idea

Yesterday I attended a seminar on Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) on alcohol.  It was organised by my good friend Struan Stevenson MEP (who is also a redoubtable campaigner against wind farms).  And it was attended by representatives of the wine, … Continue reading

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