25th June 2012
I recently met with the Managing Director of South West Lakes Trust at Roadford Lake in West Devon. The Trust manages over 50 inland lakes and reservoirs and was awarded the Queen’s Medal for sustainable Tourism. Our meeting focused on the need to invest in the British Tourist Industry by building on the good work already being done at sites like Roadford Lake.
13th June 2012
Argentina has an outstanding debt owed to the World Bank of 16.2 billion dollars. The total of the UK’s share of Argentinian debt through the World Bank exceeds £225 million pounds. In an age of austerity this is certainly money that is much needed.
8th June 2012
After a long delay the court case on the future of the Fox Ammendment has finally begun. The French government has appealled to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg to annul a key vote by MEPs, who last year voted to merge two of their October parliamentary sessions into one week in Strasbourg to save costs.
30th May 2012
On November 10th 1989 the Berlin Wall came down heralding the end of the Communist era. Living standards for most residents of Eastern Europe were to rise sharply over the following two decades, although this did not extend to conditions in some of Eastern Europe’s zoos.
30th April 2012
The Referendum on whether Bristol should have a directly elected Mayor would fundamentally change the way in which our city is governed. Having read the arguments of those opposing such a change I am struck by how weak their arguments are.
20th April 2012
I am sure that most readers will read with horror the latest attempt by the European Commission to take yet even more money from the British taxpayer. The Commission is proposing an inflation-busting increase for 2013, sought in defiance of all requests for restraint, which would add more than £7 billion to total spending and send the UK's annual contribution spiralling to £14 billion or £670 per household.
19th April 2012
Britain's Conservative MEPs have today taken a firm stance against EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights.
They voiced a series of key concerns over the accession proposal when the issue was debated today (Thursday) in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The MEPs urged the coalition Government in London to take the same position.
18th April 2012
I was delighted to hear the news that the Home Secretary is pressing ahead with the extradition of the radical Muslim cleric, Abu Qatada. Previous attempts to deport him to Jordan, to face charges of plotting terrorist attacks, had been blocked by the European Court of Human Rights on the grounds that he “might” face evidence obtained through torture.