Daily Archives: January 21, 2008

Jim Pickard

Watching William Hague debating the Lisbon treaty this evening was a reminder of why he is widely seen as the finest orator in the House of Commons.

Asked by a Labour backbencher about the failure of the Tories to hold a referendum on Maastricht – just as today’s government will not hold a public poll on Lisbon – he was not phased. "The difference between then and now is that," he began. Read more

Jim Pickard

Sometimes consumer outrage is muted simply because no one can get their heads around a complex issue. Take energy prices and the EU’s emissions trading scheme.

Ofgem, the energy watchdog, popped up last week to suggest that we are being overcharged to the tune of £9bn because of a glitch in the scheme.  Read more