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The Conservatives turning on Adam Afriyie have revealed their true colours

October 12, 2013 // 9 Comments

Last week Adam Afriyie announced he was putting down an amendment to the EU Referendum Bill, which would set 23rd October 2014 as the date on which an In/Out Referendum would be held. In its current form, the Bill only promises a referendum to be held before the end of 2017. There is a lot of merit [...]

A National Number – Simple Idea – Big Impact

October 12, 2013 // 1 Comment

When I was born, my father went to the Registrar’s Office, filled a form in and was given a birth certificate in return. No evidence required, taken on trust. And, I was only identified uniquely by my full name: Brian Otridge. Having done the genealogy of all the Otridges (and variants thereof) I [...]

A little bit of joined-up thinking goes a long way

October 12, 2013 // 10 Comments

A  cliché that became popular during the disastrous Blair-Brown years was that Governments should always do ‘joined-up thinking’. In other words, that policies should not be pursued in isolation, but that the  links between different items on the Government’s agenda should [...]

Government sells publicly owned Post Office – so where’s my money?

October 11, 2013 // 2 Comments

No matter at what price the Royal Mail was sold for people would be complaining. The UK had no choice but to privatise the Royal Mail under rules set down by the European Commission’s EU Postal Services Directive. No choice at all. Nevertheless, there will be lots of hand-wringing over whether or [...]

LibLabCon: doing their best to keep your energy bills high

October 11, 2013 // 1 Comment

The Taxpayers Alliance has released new research today revealing that subsidies for renewable energy are set to more than double in the next five years. And of course, as the government has no money of it’s own, it’s the British people who will be picking up the £5billion+ tab in the [...]

Keeping the Lights On

October 10, 2013 // 5 Comments

When I launched UKIP’s energy policy statement at our Party Conference in October 2012, the front cover said “Rolling Blackouts by 2020?  UKIP has the solution”.  I must admit that I worried at the time that I was being slightly alarmist.  So I was gratified when only weeks [...]

Let’s get this straight: UKIP is not a racist party

October 8, 2013 // 1 Comment

Another week, another “race row” when it comes to UKIP. This time, Gawain Towler caused howls of derision for the use of “of some ethnic origin” to describe a journalist – barrel-scraping at its most inconsequential. Then we had Lord Heseltine labeling everyone in UKIP, apart from [...]

Tory Civil War Declared

October 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

Windsor MP Adam Afriyie has tabled an amendment calling for an EU referendum in October 2014. Writing in the Mail yesterday, Afriyie sets out all the logical reasons for holding a referendum sooner – the British people want one; no-one under the age of 56 has had a say; businesses want [...]
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