Monthly Archives: October 2012

Treaties are two-a-penny in Brux these days

Tomorrow (Saturday) I expect to be in Copenhagen at an event organised by my EFD colleague Morten Messerschmidt.  I’ll be debating against the Danish European Commissioner “for Climate Action” Connie Hedegaard.  But the subject is not Climate this time, but “A … Continue reading

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Barroso: Pathetically eager to defend the indefensible

It was Sir Winston Churchill who said “You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they’ve tried everything else”. Today, we might amend the quote.  You can always rely on the EU to try everything else, but to … Continue reading

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Keeping the lights on

On Sept 22nd, at our Party Conference in Birmingham, I launched our new energy policy statement, entitled “Keeping the lights on”, and sub-titled “Rolling blackouts by 2020? UKIP has the solution”.  I argued that wind-farms, with their intermittent trickle of … Continue reading

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Strasbourg: An energy briefing

Last night in the Strasbourg parliament I attended an energy industry briefing on the place of oil in our economy.  Some interesting stuff emerged.  The industry stressed that refining margins are narrow, that refined petroleum products are cheap to ship … Continue reading

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Buried in the belly of the Brussels Beast

Generally I have a high regard for Andrew Lilico.  But in a recent blog piece on ConHome,  he seemed to be arguing that we’ve won the argument about EU membership, we’re practically “OUT” already, we can open the champagne and … Continue reading

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Scotland: “Independent in Europe”?

(It’s an oxymoron, but let that pass) We all know that you can’t be “Independent in Europe”.  You can’t be “In Europe, but not run by Europe”.  Indeed if we allow the EU its ambition to create “A Europe of … Continue reading

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Conservative Party hits the self-destruct button

Last night I did the Stephen Nolan show again at midnight on BBC Radio Five Live.  Love the show — but I hate getting to bed at two in the morning!  I was on with David Banks again, former Mirror … Continue reading

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Remember the Commonwealth? You should.

One of the saddest things about our joining the quaintly-named “Common Market” in 1973 was the way we thoughtlessly turned our backs on the Commonwealth.  It was only thirty years since Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders (and many others) had … Continue reading

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The splendid naïveté of the Lib-Dems

(and David Cameron) I was astonished by Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement that the government would legislate to require all energy utilities to offer their best tariff to all customers (although maybe not so astonished as the Ministers at DECC, … Continue reading

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The Europhiles still don’t get it

Last night I attended an event in Brussels sponsored by Volvo — and was disappointed to be reminded that Volvo sold their cars division to Ford ten years ago, and are now a truck business.  Indeed they claim to be … Continue reading

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The wisdom of Janet Daley

I don’t usually offer on my blog a mere quotation from someone else, but I was so struck by a line from Janet Daley (Sunday Telegraph, Oct 14th) that I feel moved to share it with you: Cameron and Romney … Continue reading

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Labour doesn’t understand Energy

Ed Davey, jokingly known as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has finally realised, despite his green obsessions, that he can’t keep the lights on in Britain without a serious policy change. We in UKIP launched our new … Continue reading

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The Nobel Prize devalued

Well blow me down.  Knock me over with a feather duster.  Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, has brought forth a damp squib.  The Nobel Prize for Peace has been awarded to …. The European Union! This is unfortunate for … Continue reading

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Saving the disease, not the patient

  I just received a paper from the Centre for European Reform entitled “What Political Union for the Single Currency?” Note the underlying assumption that the first objective is to save the single currency at all costs — just as … Continue reading

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Horizon 2020: Creating patronage and relevance for the EU

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