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My final speech in Strasbourg – Two-seat parliament a perfect metaphor for the hubris and futility of EU project

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The European parliament: an apology

“Signing the retirement documents in the European parliament with Secretary-General Klaus Welle on May 31st”. I find myself in the rather unusual position of having to offer an apology to the European parliament, following the Guardian story “MEP resigns amid … Continue reading

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COP21 climate agreement: An eye-watering amount of money for virtually no return

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£100,000 mis-spent?

Today (June 14th) the Guardian carries a report that the European parliament proposes to demand £100,000 from me for staff expenses which were allegedly mis-spent.  Naturally I have had many media bids from journalists who want more information.  And I’ve … Continue reading

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EU energy labelling: confusing consumers and creating problems for industry

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Five Live debate on Trump and the Climate Deal

Discussing Donald Trump and the Climate Deal on the Stephen Nolan Show. Click here. Just under three hours in.  

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The IRA and ISIL

There is a legitimate parallel to be drawn between the IRA and ISIL (or ISIS, or Daesh, or whatever we’re calling it this week). Indeed I have cited the parallel myself.   We should be careful to recognise that while most … Continue reading

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Trump and climate change

BBC Radio 4 World At One on Donald Trump and climate change – 13 minutes in

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Road-map to the EU’s bio-paradise

On Thursday morning in Brussels, I attended a breakfast briefing on the Commission’s plans for “A bio-economy for Europe”.  It was billed as follows: “In 2012, the European Commission adopted the strategy ‘Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe’ … Continue reading

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EU energy rules: Cat’s cradle or dog’s dinner?

Earlier this week I attended a dinner-debate in Brussels on the EU’s proposals for energy efficiency targets.  The plans are marked (like most EU plans) by overwhelming complexity, and several speakers made a good case that the proposals would have far … Continue reading

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Election debate 2017

Click here to see me taking part in the the Election 2017 debate for the East Midlands on BBC TV  

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Enemies of the Farmer?

  Discussing the black grass problem with Lincolnshire farmers “Friends of the Earth” are at it again.  This time they’re warning farmers of the dreadful loss of income after Brexit, when they get no more CAP funding. “Lincolnshire farmers could … Continue reading

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Can we do more than light candles?

The vigil in Manchester last night was undeniably moving.  The assurances that we will stand together, we will not let terrorism win, love is stronger than hate, and so on, were resonant.  And yet … and yet … that is … Continue reading

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Energy policy speech

Speaking on energy policy and the vital importance of UKIP post-Brexit referendum in George Street, Westminster. The first part of the speech is above and continues below:  

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Last year, voters in South Leicestershire backed Brexit by 60/40 on a strong turnout of 76%.  Yet most of the candidates for the General Election are against Brexit.  Just twelve months ago, the Tory was campaigning for Remain. The Lib … Continue reading

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