Monthly Archives: March 2013

Worry about the cold, not Global Warming

An excellent piece by Specky Editor Fraser Nelson, titled “It’s the cold, not global warming, that we should be worried about”.  Fraser points out that typically in the UK, some ten times as many people (mainly pensioners) die of … Continue reading

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“Europe” doesn’t Work

Tim Congdon is one of the UK’s most distinguished economists, and we are privileged to have him on the UKIP team.  I have written about Tim before. He’s had good things to say on banking regulation, and he’s previously written on how … Continue reading

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Good news and bad news from the Land of the Rising Sun

Japan has been having a hard time for a couple of decades.  In pro rata terms, it is the most indebted country in the world.  Its National Debt is around 230% of GDP, and second only to the USA in … Continue reading

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Industrial Policy in the Cement Industry

On March 6th (the day attended a breakfast briefing on the proposed EU/US trade deal) I had lunch with CEMBUREAU  This is the European Cement Association.  And we heard another Commission Director General, this time Daniel Calleja Crespo, of DG Enterprise and … Continue reading

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“You are the Gravediggers of European Democracy”.

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Balliol College: Master’s Seminar in Brussels

(and a little genteel climate iconoclasm) On March 18th I attended an unusual event: to celebrate its 750th anniversary, Balliol College, Oxford, is staging a series of “Master’s Seminars” around the world, on subjects of global interest. This one, in the … Continue reading

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Breakfast — at T-Tip, not Tiffany’s

On March 6th, I attended a breakfast briefing on T-Tip.  That’s a two-syllable abbreviation for a four-syllable acronym, TTIP.  This in turn is an abbreviation for Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.  But in less portentous language (and plain English) it … Continue reading

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Lib Dem attack crashes and burns

On Tuesday March 12th, during a rather long speech in the Strasbourg Hemicycle from Israeli President Shimon Peres, I’m afraid I inadvertently and momentarily dozed off.  As it happens, I was in the parliament that day for fourteen hours, and … Continue reading

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Flying the Flag for Britain

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Peak Oil? Or false summit?

The doomsters have spoken.  We’re facing “Peak Oil” — a point of maximum production, followed by an inexorable decline, when oil prices will skyrocket, and petrol and diesel cars will rust by the road-side. In 1922, a US federal commission … Continue reading

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Is welfare a life-style choice?

I must recently have made some passing comment about welfare, because a certain @DocHackenbush replied: “Memo to Helmer: Unless you’ve lived on social security, you don’t get to have an opinion on it”.  That’s about as sensible as saying “Unless … Continue reading

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A voting Dilemma on the EU Budget

Today, MEPs vote on the parliament’s report on the so-called Multi-Annual Financial Framework, or MFF.  This is the parliament’s response to the Council’s proposal on the six-year outlook for EU budget. The vote poses a particular problem for UKIP.  On … Continue reading

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Oettinger: It’s that man again!

EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger, about whom I have had occasion to write more than once, has been to Scotland at the Scottish Energy Insititute’s recent dinner in Aberdeen.  It seems he played a blinder.  I’ll give you some quick … Continue reading

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Cutting off our nose to spite our face

A couple of days back I Tweeted against the EU’s proposed   Financial Transaction Tax (FTT, or Tobin Tax), and David Cammegh   @davidcammegh replied: “Let them collapse or clear off because then new honest banks might take their place in a … Continue reading

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Left wing? Right wing? Or plain Common Sense?

Tim Montgomery @TimMontgomerie of ConHome Tweets: “On NHS, taxing the wealthy, gay rights most voters are on the so-called Left”. I think that’s open to debate.  Today’s Sunday papers carry stories “1165 NHS patients starve to death”, and “80 women … Continue reading

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