Monthly Archives: December 2013

Campaigning against wind farms

Every so often, UKIP members and sympathisers write to me asking how they can best campaign against proposals for wind farms in their locality.  The best advice is contained UKIP’s Guide for Campaigners.  I wish I could say I wrote it, … Continue reading

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Free Speech under threat

Judge Sir Paul Coleridge Just recently, Judge Sir Paul Coleridge was disciplined by the Judicial Conduct and Investigations Office (JCIO), whatever that is.  His offence?  Simply supporting the traditional view of marriage — a view that until a few years … Continue reading

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Cable compares Cameron with Powell

In the Telegraph of Christmas Eve, Paul Goodman, Editor of Conservative Home, has published an extremely erudite and well-considered discussion of Vince Cable’s astonishing comparison of Prime Minister David Cameron with Enoch Powell. Goodman points out that the claim was mere … Continue reading

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An antidote for green/black propaganda

I recently came across a useful summary from an outfit called FTI Consulting covering opinions on the economics and safety of shale gas from a wide range of authoritative and respected sources.  Given the huge amount of hysterical black propaganda from … Continue reading

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Some days you win…

…and it’s a good feeling I turn up pretty regularly to Committee votes in Brussels.  I don’t kid myself that I can make a huge difference.  I expect to be out-voted by the inbuilt pro-integration, pro-regulation, pro-climate-change majority.  But sometimes … Continue reading

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A Christmas Message

Wishing you a Merry Christmas, with a warm hearth and a full stomach – and a very Happy and Successful New Year

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Youth and age on the political spectrum

Early on in life, as I started to take an interest in politics, I was struck by that fact that so many young people seemed to be extremely left-wing (I was a Cambridge at a bad time), whereas only the … Continue reading

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EU energy policy: World’s most expensive failure?

The EU has a climate and energy policy designed to deliver a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020, and an 80% reduction by 2050.  So it was very interesting to attend a presentation by Eurelectric, the association of the … Continue reading

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Refining in Europe? It’s cheaper to import.

Yesterday I attended a presentation in Strasbourg on the state of the refinery industry in Europe, delivered by a major player in European Refining. It raised some major issues, and confronted MEPs with the very serious consequences of some of … Continue reading

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Why is Nissan so pro-EU?

I wrote recently about Nissan, and I wondered why their Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn was so bullish about British membership of the EU, insisting that any moves by Britain to re-establish its independence might force Nissan to reconsider its investments … Continue reading

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Blowing up the Bridge

It’s nearly Christmas, so the networks will no doubt be showing “Bridge on the River Kwai” again.  It’s a Christmas tradition.  The Festive Season wouldn’t be the same without it. As British POW Lt-Col Nicholson works away in the valley, … Continue reading

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You don’t save the planet by screwing up the energy market

When I launched UKIP’s Energy Policy in 2012 with the claim that we faced blackouts by 2020, I had a nagging concern that perhaps I was being too alarmist.  But I’m sorry to say that with hindsight, I clearly wasn’t … Continue reading

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Fracking protesters threaten our economic future

We heard an awful lot about the recent protests around the proposed drilling in Balcombe Sussex (even though the operators were not proposing to frack).  But we’ve heard very little of similar events in Salford, Manchester, where I-Gas are drilling.  … Continue reading

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“Hiding the decline”

Wind turbine output declines rapidly over time The phrase “hide the decline” became notorious during the “ClimateGate” e-mails scandal, when it became clear that scientists at the heart of the IPCC process and the global warming scare were dismayed to … Continue reading

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New report shows that wind turbines don’t deliver

I’ve just come across a report by energy consultant Duncan Seddon in the Australasian Power Technologies publication. The title is “Do wind farms/gas turbines save carbon?”.  (Of course he means “CO2 emissions”, not carbon – but I’m delighted to see … Continue reading

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