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How EU protectionism damages our environment

By Brian Monteith – 4 minute read UNTIL our government changes its mindset to do things differently from the EU we shall continue lazily to adopt its norms irrespective of whether or not they are appropriate to us. You probably did not know that last year the European Commission proposed a new law to halt [...]

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How free trade is attacked by protectionist lobbyists using ‘environmentalism’ as cover

By Brian Monteith – 6 minute read HERE WE GO AGAIN! Another attempt to demonise Palm oil and save the world. This time it’s a rather unsubtle and loose article in The Mirror suggesting Palm oil causes cancer. It’s nonsense, of course, but a lack of credible evidence never stopped lobbyists and activists from creating [...]

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The way to cut prices is for EU to abolish tariffs and open its markets

By Brian Monteith – 6 minute read AS THE Governor of the Bank of England has pointed out, food prices are rising dramatically in some particular markets and this is a global phenomenon. As prices rise to record levels some governments have chosen to clamp down on the export of grains, cooking oils, etc. from [...]

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Malaysia’s sustainable palm oil requires EU to abandon its ban

By Brian Monteith – 5 minute read As if we needed more pressure on the cost of living, Indonesia, the world's biggest producer of palm oil, announced last week it would halt exports of palm oil in a bid to stabilise soaring prices at home which it blamed on the war in Ukraine and the Covid [...]

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How not to virtue signal

By Brian Monteith – 5 minute read VIRTUE SIGNALLING is actually an art. It might look easy but it can quickly become a hole that you can't stop digging for yourself, as this little story demonstrates. Imagine you run a well-known supermarket chain and therefore attract a great deal of lobbying from environmental activists wanting to [...]

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