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Harry Cooper

A Brit working in the Daily Mail's worst nightmare.

Harry works in the European Parliament as assistant to Syed Kamall MEP, who represents London.

His opinions are his own, although he's not sure how they could be anything other than his own, and he thinks UKIP are a rather unpleasant, angry bunch of people.

He is not in any sense objective and has never claimed to be.

(If you disagree, agree or just want to say hello, email him on hwhcooper@hushmail.com.)

The Questions Clegg Should Not Ask Farage Tonight

The best thing to come out of the debate tonight for Clegg would be to not sound like the wet fish he normally does. And if he asks the questions that Mehdi Hasan has suggested, he may as well just give up now.
26/03/2014 11:19 GMT

Westminster Is Irrelevant (Not That You Would Know It)

I got back from Strasbourg last week, where the European Parliament absurdly ships itself each month to vote on various regulations and directives. And, unsurprisingly, there was almost no mention of what happened in any UK newspaper, blog or radio station. To be quite honest with you, it makes me want to bash my head against a wall. What happens in Brussels (and Strasbourg) has far more impact on any of lives than what MPs in Westminster usually bitch and moan about.
17/03/2014 17:26 GMT

The Banks Are Admitting Guilt, So Why Is No One Jumping for Joy?

The banks have admitted guilt and they are paying us back for all the dodgy deals they got into! Well, not really. Banks are, in effect, 'fessing up to having behaved fraudulently or criminally. However what 'settling' means is actually 'paying regulators to shut up and stop asking difficult questions'.
30/10/2013 23:31 GMT

Fixing the UK Economy by Giving Everyone £6,000 Is an Absurd Idea

Those who argue that QE in any form is a good idea are kidding themselves. And they are not just "discredited austerians" or "inflation hawks". There is not a single historical precedent of money-printing having ended well. Not one. It always ends in economic ruin. Always.
25/10/2013 16:42 BST

We Are All a Little Bit Slutty (In Godfrey's World At Least)

I remember the first time my mum called me a slut. Being the kind, peace-loving individual she is, I was a tad taken aback by such an accusation. Following on from the discussion, I suggested that to avoid confusion in future, she might want to avoid using the word... So when Godfrey Bloom experienced catastrophic system failure at the UKIP conference last week, I have to say I felt a bit sorry for him.
26/09/2013 12:15 BST

Miliband, Clegg and Cameron: Different Parties, Same Problems

Only the wettest, most malleable, least controversial people make it to the top of modern political parties, and therefore political life generally. They may be 'popular' (read: tolerated) within their chosen party, but in the real world, most people seem to be able to see through the crap that emanates from their mouths and fingertips. Is it any wonder that everyone is so pissed off with "the establishment"?
13/09/2013 17:02 BST

UKIP Does Not Fight for British Interests in Brussels

Regarding Janice Atkinson's comment about Godfrey Bloom's work in the European Parliament, I would like to politely let Huffpost readers that Ukip MEPs don't do that much work here. They do not take part in the legislative process, which involves hundreds of hours of meetings, amendment drafting and consultation with affected industries.
18/08/2013 23:09 BST

Ignore the Banks (And Vince Cable) - They Are Lying

The banks are lying. This may come as little surprise to most of us, given their appalling record of not taking responsibility for their behaviour both during and after the 2008 crisis. However it now seems that even Vince Cable, the business secretary, appears to have swallowed their most insidious lie.
26/07/2013 16:45 BST

The British Economy Is Now Controlled By an Ex-Goldman Sachs Employee

It seems slightly absurd to claim that Carney, Bernanke, Draghi and a few others can pre-empt the economic behaviour of almost seven billion individuals, but this is what they are apparently able to do. It is argued that only central bankers can save us from permanent economic stagnation. This is despite the fact (yes, the fact) that so many of them worked for the banks that destroyed our economies in the first place. Who, exactly, is in control right now?
04/07/2013 17:20 BST

The Conservative Party Should Be More Than Just a Colour

There are a lot of things about the Conservative Party that I cannot abide. I find the class-based self-righteousness frustrating, the disconnected behaviour of the Osborne-Cameron clique disheartening and the closed-mindedness of the grassroots depressing. However, these are of course characteristics that can be assigned to any political party, including Labour. Despite this, I feel most at home in the Tory Party.
01/07/2013 17:26 BST

Everyone Is a Little Bit Bigoted

Personally, I tend to be less bigoted than I used to be, but when I do get on my high horse, which happens more than I like to admit, I tend to direct my anger towards the people I perceive to be ignorant, stupid, naive or socialist. The problem is that when I do this, I stop thinking of the person in question and start thinking of a group.
24/06/2013 17:13 BST

Being Anti-Gay Marriage Does Not Make You a Bigot

I find the notion of forcing a group of people to accept a view they do not agree with a horrifying one. I do not believe a church should be forced to marry people they do not want to, even if its policy may seem old-fashioned or bigoted. That change in stance has to come from within the church itself, otherwise it is a disturbing expression of totalitarianism.
17/06/2013 16:58 BST

Why I'm Becoming a Student Again

Until recently, my main concern in life was ensuring people knew who I was. That meant trying to be the centre of attention at work, in bars and on Facebook. I lived on the basis that if I dictated to life what I wanted from it, then I would not only get what I wanted but also be assured of happiness.
13/06/2013 12:57 BST

Not All Immigrants Are Islamist Fruit Pickers

As an immigrant, I find the debate around immigration unbelievably irritating, especially in the UK. On the basis of most headlines in the British press, it's easy to get the impression that all immigrants exist purely to steal jobs from hapless Brits or scrounge money off our apparently generous welfare system.
10/06/2013 22:20 BST

Ukippers: Racist Homophobes or Just a Little Bit Angry?

I'm not ashamed to say it, I do share some of the Ukipper concerns. I think we should probably leave the EU, toughen up our borders a bit and accept that religious people have legitimate concerns when it comes to gay marriage. But that doesn't make me want to vote Ukip. Why?
26/05/2013 23:53 BST

A Referendum on Europe Tomorrow Would Not Stop Ukip

Dead-set on proving to their constituents that Ukip are actually fluffy toys when it comes to Europe, Despite Cameron's commitment to a referendum in the next Parliament, Ukip would die. Excuse my Belgian-French, but this is crap.
21/05/2013 17:43 BST

Thanks, Ukip, for Waking Up the Establishment

I never thought I'd say this, but I think the rise of Ukip is overall a very positive development in British politics. Why? Because the British people see in Mr Farage a person who understands them. In Ukip they see a movement that stands apart from the fossils in Westminster. And for the first time since 1997 when Blair swept into power, there is a sense that things could be different...The problem is that the political parties that dominate British politics all end up saying roughly the same thing. There might be rhetorical differences, but ultimately they are singing from the same hymn sheet.
14/05/2013 18:18 BST

When the Sovereign Debt Bubble Bursts, Things Will Get Nasty

What do Greece and an unemployed homeowner in Arizona have in common? They are both bankrupt with no hope of ever being able to pay back what they owe. As I wrote this, I realised it sounded as though I were making a joke (and a bad one at that). The reality is, unfortunately, not funny in any sense, but actually far more worrying.
08/05/2013 15:22 BST

If Theresa Said Sorry, Ukip Would Die Overnight

Sadly we live in a world when politicians rarely look outside the bubble in which they are trapped. You can't blame them really. If they say sorry, their rivals say 'you have failed'. If they admit fault, the ideologues of their respective parties start baying for blood. In a world where your position is only as secure as the amount of time you have spent climbing the greasy pole to political success, little wonder that they feel they can't be honest.
03/05/2013 17:10 BST