Monthly Archives: October 2013

500 this week, 5000 next week

…five million the week after? The left have an interesting but simplistic angle on the Lampedusa tragedy, in which several hundred would-be immigrants to Europe died in sight of land when their ship sank. We have a humanitarian duty, they … Continue reading

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Plenary Speech Environment Oct 23rd

Mr. President, The EU’s climate and energy policies are probably unnecessary, certainly ineffectual, and prohibitively expensive. Unnecessary, because the theory of man-made climate change is increasingly disputed, and there has been no global warming for nearly two decades. The earth’s … Continue reading

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Energy prices? Blame the politicians!

Like a zombie in some cheap horror movie, John Major has elbowed his way out of retirement and obscurity to deliver his aperçu on the state of the energy market.  And he’s calling for a windfall tax on energy companies. … Continue reading

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The final efflorescence of the Lib-Dems?

Is it worth devoting a whole blog post to the Lib-Dems? Well maybe once in a while. On Friday (Oct 11th) I was on Andrew Neil’s Europe Politics Show  alongside Edward McMillan-Scott. Edward was, of course, the Leader of the … Continue reading

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Heaven help the Cabinet

if this is the scientific advice it gets The government’s Chief Scientific Advisor Sir Mark Walport has been invited to give the government his thoughts on the latest IPCC report.  My adviser on energy policy, Ben Pile, has given me the … Continue reading

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Remembering the Iron Lady

If you go to the States looking for memorabilia of Ronald Reagan, you will find practically a Heritage Trail.  In particular, there’s the Reagan Archive and Library, although ironically as I write it’s closed for the US government shut-down.  But … Continue reading

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Why Britain’s Farmers should back UKIP

In the course of my work in the East Midlands, I meet quite a lot of farmers, and I find that generally speaking they tend to support UKIP’s broad objectives.  They, like the rest of us, think we’d be better … Continue reading

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