Monthly Archives: April 2013

Exporting jobs, industry and emissions

An ITRE intervention:

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Heresy! Sheer, rank heresy!

I recently Tweeted about the need for our Coalition government to stop dithering, and get on with building new nuclear power infrastructure.  Someone Tweeted in reply “Yes, but who pays for it?”.  I replied “Good question, but impossible to answer … Continue reading

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The EU: How could it go so wrong?

Personally, I am sick to death of Europhiles telling me that with all its faults, “the EU has at least kept the peace in Europe since the Second World War”.  Absolute nonsense.  The peace in Europe has been maintained by the … Continue reading

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Business for Britain: How should we respond?

A new organisation, Business for Britain, has been launched to make the case for looser ties between the UK and the EU.  It claims to have the backing of 500 business leaders, many of them very familiar names indeed.  It is … Continue reading

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Celebrating St George

This royal throne of kings, this scepter’d isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this … Continue reading

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Let’s get real about fracking

UKIP is opposed to a number of things.  We’re against Britain’s EU membership.  We’re against wind farms.  We’re against open-door immigration.  We’re against HS2. The problem is that some people — including, sadly, some UKIP members — conclude that we’re … Continue reading

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Making cigarettes more dangerous (and getting more kids to smoke)

We shall soon be voting on the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive Two (TPD2).  The effect will be to create a field-day for counterfeiters; make fake cigarettes easier to manufacture and supply; and increase the market for fakes, which will have … Continue reading

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Has Julie Girling laid an egg?

  The Tory MEP delegation must be scared to death about UKIP’s prospects in the up-coming council elections.  They’ve rushed out a quick-and-dirty leaflet accusing us of virtually every crime except eating babies for breakfast. They’ve been careful to put their Conservative logo on … Continue reading

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Bingo! A Result! A European first!

European parliament puts jobs before climate orthodoxy for once For the first time in my recollection, the European parliament has faced up to reality, and voted for jobs and economic survival rather than climate alarmism.  This is an early indication … Continue reading

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Let’s join Bill and celebrate self-flagellation!

East Midlands Lib-Dem MEP Bill Newton Dunn (who was elected as a Conservative in 1999, but transferred to the Lib-Dems in 2000 when he discovered — shock horror! — that there were one or two euro-sceptics in the Tory delegation), … Continue reading

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The Great Lady passes

I first heard that Maggie had passed away when BBC Radio Derby called me for a comment, so the news came as a bit of a shock.   But while I have always admired her enormously, I had met her only … Continue reading

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Fossil fuels get subsidies too, don’t they?

We know that renewables attract preposterous subsidies.  The per-kWh subsidy I get for my small domestic solar PV system is about five times the cost of producing the same kWh in a proper grown-up power station.  Wind farms attract massive … Continue reading

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We can’t ignore shale gas

The Washington Post reports that major European companies are queuing up to move production (and jobs and investment) to the USA, to take advantage of low energy prices, especially low gas prices as a result of the fracking boom. The oil … Continue reading

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A Guess – Which is Which?

Guess which one is the President of the EU, and which one is playing the fool in the ballet?

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