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The Common Agricultural Policy – a costly protectionist racket


‘The Common Agricultural Policy forces consumers to pay ‘two or three times more for food than we would pay without the policy’ – Dalia Grybauskaite, EU budget commissioner  “The way to build lasting economic growth [in Africa] is for Europe to end the CAP“ -Sir Digby Jones, former Chairman, CBI. The Common Agricultural Policy is…

Initial thoughts on Cameron’s speech


It looks like today will mark the beginning of two political campaigns. The first is for the next general election, as Cameron announces a key plank of the Tory Party’s manifesto. The second is for the referendum we have long been promised. It is true that the issue has been much debated, but now is…

In or Out says Cameron


when we have negotiated that new settlement, we will give the British people a referendum with a very simple in or out choice to stay in the EU on these new terms; or come out altogether. It will be an in-out referendum. It’s nice to glimpse a working TV, mine has been unusable since I…

Video: Why Britain needs the euro


This talk proved to be seriously contoversial online, before a word of it was uttered. Some people chose to stay away, others came but for different reasons, but thankfully most entered into the spirit of the thing. But what was the point of talking about the euro? The intention of choosing this topic was not…


I am mildly bemused that central bank governors seem to be talking with some equanimity about Greece leaving the euro

Robert Peston

Barry Goldwater: Champion of the Constitution


Barry M Goldwater: a name that should reverberate in the hearts and minds of liberty-lovers the world over. The self-styled ‘Mr Conservative’, Goldwater was a five term Senator from the South-western state of Arizona, who whilst perhaps most famously went down to a crushing Presidential election defeat to Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1964, paved the…