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The UK recovery continues – with higher public spending, not austerity

Yesterday the government published the latest quarterly figures for output and earnings to June 30th 2015.   The UK economy is now producing 6% more than at the peak in early 2008 before the crash. The USA is producing 10% more, the EU just 1% more and Japan has the same output as Quarter 1 […]

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“A kinder politics, a more caring society”

Labour’s slogan from yesterday is one Conservatives can welcome as well. What was odd about the conference was the statement that Labour will not now stoop to personal abuse, and will debate in a grown up way. This was juxtaposed in the same speech with old anti Conservative rhetoric that was harsh and untrue. We had […]

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Labour discovers patriotism

Labour’s patriotism is said to be British. Labour does not know where England is, and has a suite of policies to split it up and deny us a voice. When this morning the BBC analyst linked Labour’s patriotism to England it must have been a mistake. Others called it British nationalism. No one seemed to […]

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Not so long ago the Coalition government wanted us to vote for a war against President Assad of Syria. They were right that he is an unpleasant dictator, using excess force against his own citizens and failing to unite his country behind him. Some of us declined to support, on the grounds that many of […]

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The failure of the pro EU side to engage

  On Saturday evening at the Cambridge Union 200th anniversary debate on the EU there were signs of things to come. The pro EU side was to comprise 2 former continental senior politicians, and one unelected UK pro European in the Lords, with just one MP.  One of the 2 continentals pulled out at the […]

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Vauxhall like investing in the UK

Hard on the heels of Nissan announcing a five year investment plan and a new model for Sunderland comes Vauxhall’s statement of its continued enthusiasm for plant and investment in the UK, with a new model here. The BBC Today programme made as little progress in trying to persuade Vauxhall they should leave the UK […]

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Middle Temple debate this evening about the EU

This evening I will be moving the motion in Middle Temple Hall in London for the 200th anniversary Cambridge Union debate. We will be debating the failure of the European Union. The debate starts at around 8 pm.

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Carbon dioxide and pollution

  The VW clever computers helped engines pass the US exhaust tests. Now VW has apologised and thought better of such intelligent engineering, recognising that passing the tests was only meant to be an indicator of how  a vehicle would  perform when being driven on normal roads. This tussle between manufacturer and regulator is one of […]

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How much richer will the UK be if we leave the EU?

Amidst all the claims and counter claims of the two sides, there is one important fact. The UK will be £10 billion a year better off by not having to send that amount to be spent elsewhere in the EU as out net contribution. This will also improve the balance of payments by the same […]

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The EU gets migration wrong again

The debates this week in the EU have mainly centred over allocating 120,000 migrants to all the countries in  the EU save the UK. This has been a futile debate. It is quite clear far more than 120,000 people are bursting through the EU’s external frontier this year, so the agreement will be overtaken by […]

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