Energy union is an attempt by the European commission to take control of member state's energy supplies and regulatory powers, warns UKIP MEP David Coburn.
•The energy union is an attempt by the European commission to use tensions between Russia and the EU - caused by the EU's attempt to extend its empire to Russia's border - as an excuse to take control of the energy supplies and regulatory powers of member states.
The commission wants EU national governments to pool their energy resources, and to be placed in charge of that pool with controls over regulation and investment decisions as well as energy deals with countries outside the 28 member states
As the paper setting out plans for the energy union put it, “Today, the European Union has energy rules set at the European level, but in practice it has 28 national regulatory frameworks. This cannot continue.”
Of course it can continue, and the democratically-elected member state governments have shown every sign of wanting this system to continue.
Writing exclusively for the Telegraph, UKIP leader Nigel Farage explains exactly what he would do to cut immigration and reform Britain's borders
• A few days ago, a poll revealed that the British public think Ukip’s immigration policies are the most appropriate for Britain – in fact more people backed Ukip’s position than every other party combined. I’m not surprised. I’ve known for some time that an ethical, sustainable, Australian-style points system is the best way to control immigration. The only ones not yet convinced of this are the political classes.
David Cameron wrote in a “contract” with the British public in 2010, “If we don’t deliver – kick us out.” One of the promises was the plan to reduce net migration to the “tens of thousands”. Well, migration to the UK has not just increased, but stands at nearly 300,000 people per year – up from 196,000 under Labour’s government in 2009. You can’t trust Labour, and you can’t trust the Tories on immigration.
People want to know more about Ukip’s policies. The issue of mass migration is one of the most important to British people, and as we aspire to hold the balance of power after the election, we have an obligation to set out our stall.
EU law states that organisations that received EU funding must display an EU logo
Given that the BBC has received £22 million from the EU, UKIP asks where is the BBC’s EU logo displayed on the programmes that it makes?- UKIP MEP and financial affairs spokesman Steven Woolfe
•There is a pro EU mockumentary on the BBC tonight entitled “The Great European Disaster Movie”.
The mockumentary producer Bill Emmott confirmed on twitter last night that the production company had received EU funding for the film's dubbing and distribution across Europe.
The BBC has received 22 million pounds from the EU in the last 7 years though this does not appear in their public accounts. It does however appear on the Financial Transparency website of the European Commission.
Those who have seen the mockumentary have noted that it is very pro-EU in content and tone.
Responding to these facts, UKIP MEP and Financial Affairs spokes Steven Woolfe said tonight:
"BBC bias in favour of the EU 'project' has been obvious for years. However, figures on the Financial Transparency website of the European Commission now indicate just how deeply the BBC benefits from the goodwill of the EU elite. Between 2007 and 2013 the BBC was paid more than £22m by the European Union.
"These funds are not identified as EU money in the BBC's annual report."
• In a barn-storming speech in the European Parliament Plenary session today in the presence of European Council President Tusk and Commission president Juncker, UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall called for the Greek people to stand up and struggle for their birth right – democracy.
Paul Nuttall criticised the treatment of the Greek people and urged them to stand firm in the face of the undemocratic force of the EU, thus ensuring their society will once again prosper and that democracy will prevail.
"To the Greek Parliament I ask, will the 300 stand firm? To the people of Greece I say, be courageous and protect your birth right. You are the creators of democracy and now you must save it. Invoke the courage and spirit of your ancient forefathers. Do not buckle, do not falter and do not give in." Nuttall said.
• UKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP has today expressed deep concern over a parliamentary report calling for the UK to play a “greater role” in the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria as, “a step towards UK involvement in another Middle Eastern war”.
Mike said, “I fully understand that ISIS must be tackled urgently, however, under no circumstances should the UK be blindly drawn into another ground war in Iraq or into the civil war in Syria.
“While I agree that more training and support could be given to the Peshmerga and the Iraqi security forces in tackling ISIS, I am deeply concerned that 'mission creep' is a real possibility and that what starts out as a training mission could very quickly escalate into frontline military operations. ISIS is an Islamic problem that must be dealt with by Muslims. Further direct Western involvement in the Middle East will only exacerbate the situation both at home and abroad.
We’re in a game of who blinks first. If Mr Tsipras holds firm then I think it likely that Greece will be asked to leave the euro before the end of this year, writes UKIP Leader Nigel Farage in the Daily Express.
• SO the great game of poker between Greece and Germany begins, while the IMF, European Central Bank, and other European institutions watch on nervously. The question is, will Greece fight back?
I first noted in a speech in 2008 that Greek interest rates were diverging wildly from German interest rates - and that things we about to go wrong in the Mediterranean [see video medley, Trapped Inside an Economic Prison].
The architects of the euro thought fiscal and political union would follow an economic and monetary union as night follows day.
The suffering of the Greeks at the hands of the eurozone project has been incredible - including having a prime minister removed for daring to suggest a referendum, and on top of that, a 25 per cent decline in the economy with youth unemployment rates consistently over 50 per cent.
Allied to this has been a genuine growth in poverty, suicides, and large sections of Greek society remain desperately troubled and deeply unhappy.
The economist Milton Friedman once said of currencies that were trapped inside the wrong economic union: either you devalue the currency or you devalue the country.
• Some time ago I was able to address a question on energy prices to Miguel Arias Cañete, described as “Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy”. His only response was to suggest the completion of a single EU energy market, which I described as “fiddling at the margin”.
On Monday January 26th, I attended a meeting of the ITRE Committee in Brussels, and had an opportunity to question Maros Sefcovic, a Commissioner and a Vice President (no less) of the Commission. I put essentially the same question to him, but with a summary of the huge damage which energy prices are doing to European competitiveness, driving jobs and investment out of Europe altogether.
Sefcovic at first did not reply (he’d had questions from each of the political groups), but the Chairman, the excellent Jerzy Buzek reminded him to do so.
As a more senior Commissioner, he made a better hand of the answer than Cañete – but still failed to reach the nub of the problem. He offered four ideas:
The “Market Stability Reserve” (MSR) was deliberately designed to raise the cost of energy still further. Incredibly, the advice from the British Government to UK MEPs was to support both the MSR and an earlier date of implementation, writes UKIP Energy Spokesman Roger Helmer MEP.
• Just a couple of days ago I wrote about the disaster of European energy policy, which is creating “an Industrial Massacre in Europe” (former Commissioner Antonio Tajani). It is driving jobs and investment and industry — and emissions — out of Europe altogether. Often they go to jurisdictions with lower environmental standards, so we may also be increasing global emissions as we undermine EU competitiveness.
In steel, and aluminium, and petroleum refining, and glass, and chemicals, and cement, plants are closing and hundreds of thousands — maybe millions — of jobs are being lost across Europe. And this is the result not of bad luck, or an act of fate, but as a direct consequence of deliberate policy decisions which have forced up the price of energy.
•In response to the Goldman Sachs President, Gary Cohn, saying that the UK should stay in the EU, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said: "EU politics is dominated by big banks, big business and big government.
"Goldman Sachs was politically involved in getting Greece into the Euro and having a former employee appointed as the puppet Prime Minister of Italy.
"Goldman Sachs represents the governing status quo and not the global trading capital that the City of London needs to be."
Recognising the on-going failure of the ETS programme, the EU institutions are now debating yet another sticking-plaster solution: the “Market Stability Reserve”, or MSR, writesUKIP Energy Spokesman Roger Helmer MEP
•The EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) was introduced in 2005 as a “Cap & Trade” scheme to reduce emissions. The theory was that the right to emit CO2 would be traded, and therefore permits would go where they were most economically useful. The price of the units would send a “signal” to the market, which would promote energy conservation and new low-carbon technologies.
It was anticipated that the price would start out around €25 a ton (a level at which very “dirty” fossil fuels like lignite would start to be squeezed out), and progress over the years to €75, which would virtually exclude all fossil fuels.
The ETS was hailed as “a market system” that would allocate a scarce resource – the right to emit CO2 — in an efficient way. In fact, for almost all of that time the price has languished below €10. It has failed to give the market signals intended. But it has created a huge administrative burden on industry, and spawned a new (and totally non-productive) business in “carbon trading”, in which many people have made a lot of money without benefiting the economy in any way.
• No one need be reminded so soon of the Paris attacks that left 12 dead last week. And yet the lumps returned to our throats last night as we heard breaking news of terror raids in Verviers in Belgium.
Another atrocity avoided, perhaps – but sadly a stark reminder that the enemies of freedom will not stop until we stop them, and tackle the causes at the root of these heinous crimes.
I gave a speech in the European Parliament this week which I hope you might watch.
It was, broadly, about the solidarity that we must show with the people of France – but also, I mentioned that the sort of posturing that is often done by political figures in perilous times is not enough — the people of respective European nations want action.