European Union

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Economists – the scourge of mankind

3 January 2014 11:31

Are there any disciplines on earth as hyped-up and overrated as economics? Every subject depends to some extent on others; you can’t, for example, understand history without a bit of… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg’s confusing New Year warning

31 December 2013 11:03

In the autumn Nick Clegg annoyed some in the Labour party by telling his conference that ‘Labour would wreck the recovery’ and that ‘the Conservatives would give us the wrong… Continue reading

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The ugly, cynical EU immigration debate

28 December 2013 14:51

Tristram Hunt, Shadow Education Secretary, is an intelligent and articulate individual but like everyone in politics, has the handicap of having to square his views with the record and policies… Continue reading

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PM pushes for stricter immigration controls in Brussels

20 December 2013 9:23

The Prime Minister is in Brussels today, trying to drum up support for stricter immigration controls on new countries joining the European Union. How much traction this gains will tell… Continue reading

The English probably regard immigrants from Anglophone nations like Australia as a more exotic version of the Welsh. But immigrants from Tunisia are a different matter altogether.

Immigration is about culture as well as politics

18 December 2013 12:38

Must say, I felt a bit defensive when I looked at the tables of origin for immigrants to Britain for the decades to 2011, helpfully set out in  The Daily… Continue reading

Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

Our criminal justice system is institutionally racist, surely?

15 December 2013 21:32

I think this following quote, from the Romanian ambassador Ion Jinga, may go down as my favourite of the year: ‘In their overwhelming majority, Romanians in the UK are well… Continue reading

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The EU is corrupt because southern Europe is corrupt

6 December 2013 14:47

What with Britain’s dreadful performance in the PISA educational rankings, there has been comparatively little attention given to another international league table– Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index. The good news… Continue reading

NOTW Journalists Appear At The Leveson Inquiry

Horror in the corridors of the Observer

2 December 2013 9:46

Absolutely fascinating double page spread in The Observer yesterday which suggests that the UK is ‘sleepwalking’ towards an exit from the European Union. My only quibble with the piece is… Continue reading

Sir John Major has been doing a lot of talking recently.

Ground control to Major John

29 November 2013 11:32

Sir John Major was beginning to make a habit of embarrassing Downing Street: by suggesting windfall taxes on energy companies and denouncing private school cliques. But he was on his… Continue reading

UKBA's £13M in adverse legal fees

Net migration is bogus. Gross migration is what affects communities

28 November 2013 22:46

Just over half a million people migrated to the UK in the year to June. And half a million the year before – actually, it was 517,000, but let’s not quibble.… Continue reading

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David Cameron: The tide of ideas and opinion is going in my direction on EU reform

27 November 2013 15:30

David Cameron’s restrictions on welfare for new migrants have pleased Tory backbenchers – but not enough for them to drop their Commons campaign for the transitional immigration controls to be… Continue reading


Who was surprised by the Mail’s immigration poll?

23 November 2013 12:23

Was any one actually surprised by the splash on immigration in yesterday’s Daily Mail? Its poll (of 1,027 people by Harris/Daily Mail) suggests that nearly two thirds of people think that… Continue reading

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There’s no point in just outsourcing our CO2 emissions

16 November 2013 18:59

The global warming question is back on the political agenda with David Cameron likening cutting greenhouse gas emissions to house insurance. His argument is that if there’s a risk that… Continue reading

Visar Arifaj, Legendary President of Kosovo's Party of the Strong. (Image: Party of the Strong)

Visar Arifaj is Kosovo’s answer to Borat and Beppe Grillo – only funny

4 November 2013 8:49

Kosovo held regional elections over the weekend…and it rather looks as if the Serbs in the north of the country, in Mitrovica, stayed away in droves, notwithstanding the instructions from Belgrade… Continue reading

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Perfidious Brussels

16 October 2013 17:25

The European Commission, having done nothing about recent Spanish sabre rattling over the self-determination of Gibraltar, has launched a full investigation into the Gibraltarian tax system. And who heads up… Continue reading

David Cameron with Abdullah Gul, the President of Turkey, in 2011. (Dan Kitwood/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain’s stated aim of getting Turkey to join the EU is mad

14 October 2013 15:43

Rather to my embarrassment, I find that I missed last night’s episode of the BBC2 three-part series on The Ottomans, Europe’s Muslim Conquerors, in which I briefly featured. So Heaven… Continue reading

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The Lampedusa hypocrisy: Italy prefers its migrants dead on arrival

10 October 2013 12:53

Italy has held a day of national mourning in memory of those who died in the 3 October disaster off Lampedusa. The victims – mostly from Eritrea, Somalia and Syria – were… Continue reading

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Piggies in the middle: why we need to have confidence in our food labelling systems

19 September 2013 13:49

Just 9 months after the horsemeat scandal revealed that products labelled as beef did, in fact, contain horsemeat, one might have expected the food standards authority to have cracked down… Continue reading

'Bedroom tax' report

The EU and UN have made fools of themselves

11 September 2013 21:33

Today has not been a good day for multinational organisations. Both the European Union and the United Nations have made fools of themselves. José Manuel Barroso’s claim that a European… Continue reading

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The EU is being used to put the brakes on shale

8 August 2013 17:33

It is beginning to dawn on Westminster just how much shale Britain has. The Bowland Basin — which runs from Nottingham and Scarborough in the east to Wrexham and Blackpool… Continue reading

Bikers for Britain has launched today, to get a better deal from the EU for motorcyclists.

Why bikers need a better deal from the EU

8 August 2013 13:25

Since I was elected to Parliament in 2010, I have taken every opportunity to push back against the EU’s move towards ever closer union. I have also been a long-time… Continue reading

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The wrong choice for Britain’s EU ambassador

5 August 2013 18:36

David Cameron is committed to an EU referendum if he’s still Prime Minister after the next election. We also know that he’d like to lead the ‘In’ side if he… Continue reading

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David Goodhart tells David Cameron how to tackle immigration by reforming the EU

31 July 2013 9:41

Much, if not all, of the discussion about immigration in recent days has barely mentioned migration from the European Union, which, given the scale of such migration, was an oversight.… Continue reading


We can’t talk about immigration without talking about the EU

27 July 2013 13:37

Harrods and The Refugee and Migrant Forum of East London don’t strike one as natural bedfellows. But they are both up in arms about the government’s immigration policies. Harrods is… Continue reading

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The EU fails to ban Hezbollah

23 July 2013 20:34

As though the sunny weather and the royal baby were not enough, here comes yet more good news. The European Union has finally banned the military wing of Hezbollah. This is… Continue reading