Monthly Archives: March 2014

The CBI gets its sums wrong

Pro-EU politicians from the old parties keep telling us that “every UK family benefits by £3000 a year from EU membership”. This is based on a recent CBI report. But there are big questions about the CBI’s numbers. First of all, … Continue reading

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Influence? What Influence?

We’re far enough into the €uro campaign for broad lines of our opponents’ case to be becoming clear.  First it was Jobs.  We need to be in the EU for jobs.  The Lib-Dem slogan will be “In Europe, In Work” … Continue reading

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So what does an MEP actually do?

My recent spat with Lib-Dem Bill Newton Dunn over voting rates (covered in BBC Political Correspondent John Hess’ blog) has attracted some comment on Twitter, and I’m particularly concerned by the mistaken assumptions and, frankly, the ignorance of the comments … Continue reading

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Ukrainian Reflections

I was invited on March 18th to speak to a conference at the Renaissance Hotel Brussels organised by the EU-Ukraine Business Council, to offer my reflections from a UKIP perspective on the situation in the Ukraine.  I said something like … Continue reading

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Energy: The Tide is Turning

For at least two years, now, UKIP has been raising the problems of EU energy policy, which have driven up prices in Europe, just at the time when the USA is benefitting from cheap shale gas.  Shale gas has driven … Continue reading

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Self-serving puffery from the wind renewables industry

With our European campaign in full flow, I don’t find myself with much time to browse through comments left on my twitter feed. But at the weekend, I happened upon this: R. Andreas Kraemer ‏@RAKraemer  19h  .@RogerHelmerMEP Please look at #Germany #Energiewende … Continue reading

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“The most successful New Party in a generation”

Two academics have written a book about the rise of UKIP.  One of them (I’m not sure if it was Robert Ford from the University of Manchester, or Matthew Goodwin from the University of Nottingham) was on the Today Programme … Continue reading

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