Monthly Archives: January 2013

The end of lead shot? What it means for shooting

  This week the Sustainable Hunting Intergroup at the European parliament in Brussels organised a hearing on the use of lead shot in shotguns. For centuries, wildfowlers and other shotgun users have been peppering the countryside with lead shot, and … Continue reading

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Renewables: A Wake up Call

  I was recently contacted by a UKIP supporter, concerned about UKIP energy policy. He said that renewables were “the only way forward”. I felt I had to write back, saying how I believed them to be part of the … Continue reading

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Leaving the EU: here comes the backlash

It’s great news that the idea of British independence, and of a referendum, is now well on the table.  It’s gathering momentum, and may be unstoppable.  We could well attain escape velocity. But of course we are also facing an … Continue reading

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The Pre-Raphaelites: Imagery and allegory

  Last weekend I had the privilege and pleasure of joining a guided visit to the Pre-Raphaelite exhibition at the Tate Gallery. (It closes soon, so if you want to see it, get along soon).  Our academic expert was Dr. Anne … Continue reading

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Thinking about thorium

I have previously written about thorium, a metal which offers an alternative to uranium for nuclear energy. Its supporters argue that it offers benefits in terms of safety, very little radioactive waste, no material suitable for weapons, and fuel availability not … Continue reading

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To vote or not to vote? That is the question.

As Tony Blair said, politics is about tough choices, so here’s one where I’d like your help. Frankly, I’d never heard of a “European laureate”, until I saw this story in the Guardian. But apparently the title exists; there is … Continue reading

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David Willetts: You’re in a hole. Stop digging!

David Willetts is said by his friends to have “two brains”.  I just wish he’d engage at least one of them before opening his mouth.  His latest observations on education show a lack of both common sense, and of any … Continue reading

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Open Letter to the Telegraph’s Damian Reece

Dear Damian, In your piece on Saturday 5th, you argue that “Staying with Europe is good business sense”, and that “There is a consensus here that the UK must retain its membership of the Single Market”. I think you’re wrong.  … Continue reading

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Argentina: Great Wine. Great steak. Rubbish diplomacy

Actually, I’d recommend red wine with steak I’m a great admirer of South American wine.  And those Argentineans produce some excellent beef.  I went off Argentinean wine in the aftermath of the Falklands War, but thirty years on I thought … Continue reading

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USA & France: both wrong on tax

Hollande & Obama.  Happy.  Smiling.  Ignorant on tax. Forgive me for returning to a favourite hobby-horse, but it’s hugely frustrating — and sad — that two of the world’s great economies, the USA and France, don’t seem to understand the … Continue reading

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