Water: a democratic deficit in action

The Observer is going big on a story of how the most persistent and frequent polluters of England’s rivers and beaches are the nation’s 10 biggest water companies.They have been found guilty of causing more than 1,000 incidents in the past nine years, with...

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At Bovington Tank Musuem recently, I noted a pristine example of the French EBR Panhard armoured car. Explaining my interest in this machine, I told North Jnr, who was with me, that it had very great personal significance.When I was a very young sprog, the then North...

EU referendum: why is this news?

However, there is an element of wilful stupidity in this piece, as it rests on the idea that EU reform was ever realistic proposition, with or without Hollande’s assistance. In fact, reform has never been on the cards, so it remains in the...

Booker: paying billions for wind back-up

Occasionally, Booker writes today, one comes across a story so mind-blowingly unexpected and out-of-left-field that it seems hard for readers to take on board that it is true. Such is the story he first reported in his column last month, under the heading, “Our...
Norway: no to the EEA

Norway: no to the EEA

Membership of the EU in Norway is no longer an issue. The latest polls put the anti-EU vote at well over 70 percent, and only 15 percent of voters actually support membership of the EU. Remarkably, though, the two main political parties, Labour (Arbeiderpartiet) and...

EU politics: FUD, FUD, predictable FUD

Having spent a week discussing real politics, and exploring the leading edge of issues relating to the EU, one comes back to earth with a leaden thump, to find that the debate in the UK has barely moved. It is still relying on the unchanging myth that participation in...

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