Monthly Archives: May 2013

Lee Rigby: How to respond?

So much has been written about the Woolwich atrocity that I hesitate to add to it.  But I would like to draw attention to an excellent piece by Professor Michael Burleigh of Buckingham University. He castigates the “Prevent” strategy, which he … Continue reading

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Did we once have a UK foreign policy?

The BBC Radio 4 Today Programme on May 27th (Bank Holiday) carried a discussion of Foreign Secretary William Hague’s efforts to persuade the EU to lift its arms embargo on Syria, so that Hague could pursue his pet project of … Continue reading

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The climate debate: follow the money

I’ve had a fairly astonishing 65 comments (and counting) on my recent blog on Green Energy. Martin Lack lists all the learned organisations that accept the climate orthodoxy, as though that proves something, and seems quite upset at my suggestion … Continue reading

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Let’s hear it for the Circus!

Last Tuesday I visited the Arlette Gruss Circus, in the pretty Alsace town of Colmar, an hour’s drive from Strasbourg.  I was a guest of  the Association for the Promotion of Traditional Circus Arts, APTCA. It is decades since I … Continue reading

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The EU and the economy: part of the same debate

  I always thought that John Cridland, Director General of the CBI, was a pretty sensible sort of chap.  I wouldn’t say I know him well, though I’ve met him a couple of times over the years.  But what I’ve … Continue reading

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Green Energy: The worm turns

I have been arguing for a long time that EU energy policy is a disaster for competitiveness.  It is driving up energy costs, forcing industries, and investment, and jobs out of the EU altogether.  And at the same time, it … Continue reading

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The EU Olive Oil ban: Time for open defiance

No.  Honest.  I’ve checked the date, and it’s May 19th (as I write), not All Fools’ Day (except in Brussels, where it’s All Fools’ Day all the time).  It really does seem to be true that the EU wants to … Continue reading

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