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The Europe for Citizens programme should be curtailed


Today, the European Union (Approvals) Bill returns to the Commons. It would approve an EU spending programme called Europe for Citizens. The last Europe for Citizens programme allowed British taxpayers’ money to be given to organisations promoting a federal European State, for that is its purpose: The aim of this programme is to bring Europe closer to its citizens and to enable them to participate fully in the European construction. Through this programme, citizens have the opportunity to be involved in transnational exchanges […]

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“It is impossible to be a democrat and support the continued existence of the European Union”


In the Telegraph, Peter Oborne reviews Ruling the Void: The Hollowing of Western Democracy by Peter Mair. I have not yet read it. Towards the end, Oborne writes, Like Miliband, Peter Mair comes from the Left. He was an Irishman who spent the majority of his professional life working in European universities in Italy, the Netherlands or Ireland. And yet he has written what is by far and away the most powerful, learned and persuasive anti-EU treatise I have come […]

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My support for Zac Goldsmith’s Recall Bill


Today, I was a teller for Zac Goldsmith’s Private Member’s Bill making provision for a recall system so voters can oust underperforming MPs between general elections. Two much-neglected institutions that uphold our liberty and prosperity are Parliamentary democracy and the rule of law. With abuses of democracy like the Lisbon Treaty in mind, I entered the House of Commons in 2010 with the aim of contributing to the recovery of our Parliamentary system. A robust recall mechanism is integral to […]

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The Four Horsemen, Russell Brand and the biggest problem with democracy


I found time this morning to watch the film Four Horsemen. It’s about what’s fundamentally wrong with the world and it features some major thinkers from Britain and the world. I feel fairly sure many of them did not know that the central point of the film is to explain why money should be separated from the state. As I set out in my maiden speech, Today, money is a product of the state. The Bank of England controls the […]

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Re-selected as Wycombe Conservatives’ candidate for 2015


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I am delighted that on Friday evening Wycombe Conservative Association re-selected me as their candidate for the 2015 general election. In the course of the past three years, I have worked on a wide variety of national and local issues from healthcare, education and welfare to transport, defence, foreign affairs and the economy. Just a couple of weeks ago, the BBC once again asked me to comment on monetary policy. The trigger which caused me to seek election was fury about […]

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