Monthly Archives: December 2012

Cameron paints himself into a corner

Cameron’s contortions — and indeed the Conservative Party’s contortions — over the EU issue would be funny, if the matter weren’t so serious.  Beset by UKIP, Cameron knows he has to offer a tough line on Europe.  He’s declared his … Continue reading

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Just maybe — hydrogen could really power cars

Graphene-based hydrogen storage Regular readers of this column will have noted my Jeremy-Clarkson-like, petrol-head enthusiasm for motor-cars, preferably powered by large petrol engines, and producing inordinate amounts of power.  As our friends the Americans say, “There’s no substitute for cubic … Continue reading

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UKIP Policy: Solutions, not scapegoating

Tony Blair recently came up with one of his masterful sound-bites.  UKIP, he said, is a party based on scapegoating, not solutions.  A clever turn of phrase, but vacuous when you examine it, for how can you propose solutions without … Continue reading

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Islamic Terrorist Richard Reid

Ruling by Judge William Young, US District Court. “Shoe Bomber” Richard Reid was recently sentenced to 80 years in jail by Judge William Young in the US District Court.  The Judge’s summing-up was splendid, but little reported.  His language was … Continue reading

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Wind farms: a 1.4 mile limit? Or not?

First we had Energy Minister John Hayes giving the thumbs down to wind farms, insisting that no more would be built.    Then we had Owen Paterson, Environment Minister, calling for an end to subsidies for wind — which would … Continue reading

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The Euro and the EU are on borrowed time

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Shale gas — addressing the doubters

Recently we had an e-mail from a party member expressing doubts on shale gas, and suggesting that young people were especially opposed to the technology.  Of course we are very aware of concerns expressed by some people.  There has been … Continue reading

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Damian Green on inward investment

Damian Green is MP for Ashford, and is a Home Office Minister.  It’s reported that he has bucked the sceptic trend in the Tory Party, and described the “Eurosceptic dream of a new EU” as a “fantasy”.  In particular, he … Continue reading

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Parliament President Martin Schulz in self-congratulatory mode

This is the massive video screen in front of the main door of the European parliament building in Strasbourg, as part of the EU’s orgy of self-congratulation following the bizarre award of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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MEP awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Today I was awarded (along with hundreds of others) the Nobel Peace Prize — or at least a chocolate replica. Following the formal award of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Monday, the EU institutions have gone into an orgy … Continue reading

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The EU: Let’s be clear about what we want

I’ve always been an admirer of Liam Fox.  In the last Tory Party leadership contest I was supporting Fox, until he dropped out, when I switched my support to David Cameron (OK, guys, we all make mistakes).  And Fox has now made … Continue reading

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The elaborate irrelevance of Doha

As I wasn’t at the UN’s Doha Climate Conference myself, I am delighted to offer you this first-hand take from Christopher Monckton of Brenchley.  Many thanks Christopher. Slowly, inexorably, expensively, the U.N. climate “process” is dying. At Copenhagen, 45,000 attended. … Continue reading

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Disaster Postponed

In 1798 Robert Thomas Malthus published the first edition of his famous “Essay on Population”, arguing that it was in the nature of populations to increase until constrained by famine or disease.   He therefore questioned the widely-held idea that … Continue reading

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Doha: a last-gasp face-saver?

The UN Climate Conference in Doha was living up to expectations.  No agreement.  Indeed it’s a very strange conference.  The European parliament decided, for the first time, not to send any official delegation, since even the most passionate environmentalists amongst … Continue reading

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