Monthly Archives: March 2015

CPS Report vindicates UKIP energy position

                 “The most expensive policy disaster in modern British History” For three years now, as UKIP Energy Spokesman, I have been inveighing against the high costs of renewables, and the vast economic damage … Continue reading

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Telegraph makes mischief for Suzanne

There’s an extraordinary piece in Tuesday’s Telegraph saying “The Policy Chief writing the UKIP manifesto (the redoubtable Suzanne Evans) has said she agrees with David Cameron’s position on Europe”.  This is an extraordinarily mischievous piece of misreporting – she said … Continue reading

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Open Europe goes native

         Or is Open Europe batting for the Status Quo? Open Europe have asked me (quite rightly) to clarify their position: they presented four scenarios, two negative, two positive, for Brexit.  They are quite right to point … Continue reading

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It’s The Sun Wot Dun It!

All of us in politics remember the famous headline “It’s The Sun Wot Won It”, from April 11th 1992, when the Conservatives squeaked a narrow and unexpected victory from the jaws of defeat.  But change just two letters, and you … Continue reading

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The Budget: fiscal triangulation

  Most political parties, including UKIP, agree that the UK needs to cut the budget deficit.  And to the extent that George Osborne’s new budget seeks to do that, he deserves half a cheer.  The main thrust of UKIP’s criticism … Continue reading

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Brave new automotive world

I’ve just attended a debate organised by CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive suppliers, and I’ve seen the brave new world to which we seem to be heading.  The event took place in the Representation of the Free State of … Continue reading

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Asking permission from Brussels

I recently attended a meeting of the newly reconstituted Nuclear Forum in the European parliament, under the Chairmanship of Welsh Labour MEP Derek Vaughan.   The previous chairman Edit Herzog was sadly not re-elected last year, despite the amazing job she … Continue reading

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Scare stories. And TTIP.

There seems to be an unhelpful (if inadvertent) alignment between the interests of the green lobby (or as Owen Paterson aptly describes it, the “Green Blob”) on the one hand, and the tabloid press on the other.  Both thrive on … Continue reading

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Guest blog CCS

I recently met Dr. Luke Warren, Chief Executive of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association, who sought to make the case for CCS.  Our UKIP position is clear: we think that CCS by itself is simply a pointless waste of … Continue reading

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The UN’s Agenda 21

Wikipedia defines the UN’s Agenda 21 as “An action plan of the United Nations with regard to sustainable development”.  Of course we immediately recognise the phrase “sustainable development” as weasel words, a catch-all term incorporating a host of modish obsessions.  … Continue reading

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Offshore wind: And another thing……

With all its faults, the European Parliament remains a great place for learning stuff.  Last night I heard a guy who has spent decades in the oil and gas businesses, including a long period in the North Sea.  And he … Continue reading

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The Epic Failure of European Energy Policies – UKIP MEP Roger Helmer

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Challenging the orthodoxy

Last week, my lead researcher in Brussels, Francesca Salierno, an Italian lawyer who has worked with me for three and a half years, was invited to a briefing session and debate on “The European Energy Union”.  The event was designed … Continue reading

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UKIP on Coal

UKIP is strongly pro-coal — as we have clearly set out in our energy policy Coal must be a major factor in our generating mix.  And we want it to be clean coal – taking out the SOx & NOx and … Continue reading

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Nazi dancers at UKIP’s Margate Conference

UKIP’s Party Conference in Margate on February 28th was gate-crashed by a group of dancers wearing Nazi Swastikas, and accompanied by a tank.  They came from Mel Brooks’ Musical Show “The Producers”.  The organisers had spotted an opportunity to generate … Continue reading

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