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Nosemonkey's EUtopia

In search of a European identity

July 2, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews

UKIP’s new Europe of Freedom and Democracy group

The old eurosceptic Independence/Democracy group in the European Parliament was kept more or less respectable largely thanks to the influence of its former joint leader Jens-Peter Bonde, who stemmed from the relatively moderate lefty side of euroscepticism. Now, however, Bonde … Continue reading

June 25, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews

Increasing disquiet surrounds new centre-right EP group

After yesterday’s confusion – with one MEP leaving and another joining, exposing this new British Conservatives-led group as a fairly fragile alliance – now we again have renewed concerns being voiced: This time from among the British Conservatives themselves. Many … Continue reading

June 24, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews

The Conservatives’ new European Parliament Group: On the brink of collapse already?

Only a couple of days after its formation, and already David Cameron’s new European Parliament political grouping (the brilliantly-named Conservatives and Reformists) have lost a member. Considering that you need MEPs from seven member states to form an EP group, … Continue reading

June 22, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews

The Speaker elections: Some perspective

The MP expenses scandal has rocked Westminster for over a month now (with more revelations *still* emerging). Many MPs have found their careers cut short – among them Speaker Michael Martin (a man who never should have got the job … Continue reading

June 8, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews

The European elections and the anti-EU case

If so many people in Britain (80% was the usual figure quoted) wanted a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, how come only 43% bothered voting? If the anti-EU cause is so overwhelmingly popular, how come only around half of those … Continue reading

May 31, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews

Is there a UKIP / BNP partnership?

Buried away in the middle of an article about UKIP’s efforts to win over middle-England in today’s Sunday Telegraph: Accusations of racism are nothing new for Ukip. Last November a pro-BNP group stormed into a meeting of the party’s national … Continue reading

May 26, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews
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European Elections: Prospects and Projections – the vote

From a conference I’m attending today organised by Brunel University’s Magna Carta Institute. First speaker, Peter Kellner, from polling agency YouGov. Hastily-typed notes follow: “I’ve never been so uncertain about an election that’s only nine days away than I am … Continue reading

May 25, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews

A quick guide to the British voting system for the EU elections

The really short version? It’s utterly rubbish. But this is how it works, courtesy of a short film by the Green Party: Note: This is not an endorsement of the Green Party. But their logic for preventing BNP leader Nick … Continue reading