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  • February 28, 2007

    Extending The Congestion Charge

       EXTENDING THE CONGESTION CHARGE28 February 2007 View from the House As the ravenous Congestion Charge zone enveloped a second area of central London earlier this year, the ever-fanciful Mayor of London declared that ‘Cities all over the world are looking to London’s example.’ But just what will these international cities be taking from our […]
  • February 10, 2007

    Defence In The World

    The Prime Minister’s most recent ? and perhaps his last ? word on defence in the world was a plea that we engage in a national debate on the precise extent of Britain’s future military commitments. In the tenth year of a premiership whose primary legacy will be of its military adventures, this see…
  • February 1, 2007

    The Future Of The United Nations

    In 1823, US President James Monroe proclaimed a new direction for American foreign policy, asserting that the United States would consider any European interference with the nations of the Americas as an act of aggression. It became known as the Monroe Doctrine, and was to define and inform America’…
  • January 25, 2007

    Advertising -safeguarding A Free Society

    As a former businessman my instinctive reaction to news of new government regulation invariably is one of suspicion. When the body that regulates television (Ofcom) began a widespread consultation at the end of last year on a proposal to restrict food and soft drinks advertising in programmes with p…
  • January 23, 2007

    Supercasino Choice Leaves Everyone Cold

    Like it or not, the Millennium Dome at North Greenwich will forever go down in English folklore as a political and financial disaster. For some years, cynics have proposed that the great white tent should simply be razed to the ground. More visionary businessmen recognise that its iconic status ? …
  • January 22, 2007

    Constitutional Confusion…

    Three hundred years ago this month, Scotland and England became united under an Act of Union. Although a Scottish Parliament has existed again since 1999, a strong sense of distinction has existed between the two countries over the past three centuries. The Act of Union was never one of equals ? even today England’s population […]
  • January 19, 2007

    Europe Licence Undermines Thames’ Safety

    We all recognise the historical importance of the Thames, which has been at the heart of London’s economic and recreational growth. But what many people do not realise is that the river has also become increasingly busy in recent years. Five million passengers and 50 million tonnes of goods are carr…
  • January 16, 2007

    It’s A Free Country…even For The Bnp

    Over fifty years ago the American political class, in one of its periodic fits of near insanity, began a witchhunt against communist sympathisers in the world of film and media. Led by the infamous Senator McCarthy, it was a short lived and ultimately unsuccessful attempt to drive communists and fel…
  • January 8, 2007

    Industry Should Educate The Public More

    The UK, with London at its heart, is the established centre of the European private equity industry and accounts for more than 50% of the European market. As the sector grow and begins to make more of a social and economic impact, so we politicians are beginning to examine the industry more closely….
  • January 2, 2007

    Recycling Is A Personal Matter

    The Greater London Authority Bill currently going through Parliament contains some clauses with regards to waste and recycling which should give rise to concern amongst Londoners. Amendments are now being put forward to the Bill to create a single London waste disposal authority headed up by the Ma…