Reflections on the final Strasbourg session: thank god we are leaving!

At the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 14 January, Claire reflects on her final Strasbourg session and the fact that there is now acceptance among European MEPs that we will indeed be leaving. She spoke about the end of mandate meeting and the hostile atmosphere between UK MEPs at the meeting, as well as the … Read more Reflections on the final Strasbourg session: thank god we are leaving!

Remembering my friend Roger Scruton – philosopher, teacher, hero

Claire wrote about her memories of Roger Scruton for Reaction. She begins: Roger Scruton was renowned as hating communism. So how on earth did he form an unlikely liason with me, the publisher of Living Marxism? In turn, why would I become such an admirer of Europe’s leading conservative philosopher? He famously declared that he … Read more Remembering my friend Roger Scruton – philosopher, teacher, hero

Housing first and homelessness: ‘one size fits all’ approaches will not work

At the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 13 January, Claire expressed her concerns at the parliament’s approach to homelessness, despite seeing merit to the ‘housing first’ approach. She argued that this ‘one size fits all’ approach neglected many of the root causes of sleeping rough. Claire mentioned Eurozone austerity as a factor that has exacerbated … Read more Housing first and homelessness: ‘one size fits all’ approaches will not work

Irish Times Inside Politics podcast

Claire spoke to the Irish Times Inside Politics podcast on 9 January, to discuss her experience of being an MEP and the Brexit movement. She explains that her time as an MEP has been educational in exposing the corrupting and vacuous nation of the European Parliament, and the false sense of importance bestowed on MEPs … Read more Irish Times Inside Politics podcast

Institute of International and European Affairs: Demystifying Brexit

Claire spoke to the IIEA in Dublin on 9 January, on the topic ‘Identifying the Sovereign Origins of Britain’s Withdrawal’. Claire argues that both inside and outside the UK, Brexit has been predominantly framed as a reactionary backlash, a rejection of the progressive values that many associate with the EU. In her address, she states … Read more Institute of International and European Affairs: Demystifying Brexit

My clash with Alastair Campbell convinced me it’s time to hug a remainer

Claire wrote an article for the Spectator following her appearance on BBC Politics Live. She argues that whatever the aggravations of the Brexit debates, it’s time to try to be constructive in the way we discuss politics. She writes: I confess I had butterflies doing the first BBC Politics Live of 2020. It felt like … Read more My clash with Alastair Campbell convinced me it’s time to hug a remainer

If the EU wants the moral authority to criticise Russia, it should clean its own house first

At the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Thursday 19 December, Claire addressed the parliament on the issue of Russia’s foreign agent law. She argues that it is right Russia be criticised for curtailing journalists’ freedom, but points out that the tactic of labelling opponents as ‘foreign agents’ is one often utilised by the EU themselves. … Read more If the EU wants the moral authority to criticise Russia, it should clean its own house first

The hypocrisy of the 10th anniversary of the Lisbon Treaty

At the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday 18 December, Claire Fox discusses the EU’s commemorations of the 10th Anniversary of the Lisbon Treaty. She reflects on the events in the chamber and the self-congratulatory tone that many of the speeches took in relation to the anniversary, as well as the fact that many nations … Read more The hypocrisy of the 10th anniversary of the Lisbon Treaty

Explanation of vote: rejecting the new trans orthodoxy and why we need open debate

At the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday 18 December, Claire explains her decision to abstain on the motion surrounding LGBTI public discrimination because of the civil liberties and freedom of speech limitations. She is concerned the motion will criminalise debate surrounding the trans community, particularly when some of the biggest opponents of this new … Read more Explanation of vote: rejecting the new trans orthodoxy and why we need open debate