Monthly Archives: June 2015

Perverse incentives

George Osborne is reportedly looking for £13 billion of savings from government expenditure.  That’s no small potatoes.  As they used to say in the USA, “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money”.  Especially with … Continue reading

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The EU offers no benefits – reform or no reform

                                There really is nothing in the Brussels cupboard I recently wrote a piece for my newsletter (not yet published) noting that most people involved … Continue reading

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The Writing on the Wall

Recently I was dining in London with a group that included a very prominent and well-known political and economic pundit – I shall not mention his name (he may also wish to write about the exchange we had). But let’s … Continue reading

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Wind Power Hits Grid Parity! …or maybe not…

For many years, the Holy Grail of renewables has been to hit “Grid Parity” – in other words, to generate energy so cheaply that it’s directly competitive with conventional generation, and so would require no subsidy.  It would stand on … Continue reading

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Letter to the Commissioner

<>   Elzbieta Bienkowska Dear Commissioner, I have just read your letter to ITRE Chairman Jerzy Buzek MEP on the subject of the EU’s industrial competitiveness, and I am sorry to say that it left me profoundly depressed – though … Continue reading

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And another big lie!

I heard it again on the Radio today (June 22nd, as I write).  The Today Programme, in fact.  A journalist was interviewing a Spokesman for Business for Britain, and he said: “But businessmen are constantly telling me that if we … Continue reading

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Laudato Si’ – a guest blog by The Reverend Peter Mullen

Welcome to a guest blog by my old friend The Reverend Peter Mullen. Here are his comments on The Pope’s recent encyclical on climate change, ‘Laudato Si’.  Peter is the Chaplain to The Freedom Association, of which I was Chairman … Continue reading

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