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“Let my people go”

Or rather, let their people go.  There is a lot of excitement in the media about individuals and families setting off to Syria.  .  I was about to Tweet “If there are people and families who’d rather be in Syria … Continue reading

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The ETS again

I have written several times about the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme, which I have described as “A dog’s breakfast“.  They’re now trying yet again to “reform” it, so as to set the prices of CO2 emissions permits at the level … Continue reading

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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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