Harry Cooper
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.)

Entries by Harry Cooper

The Questions Clegg Should Not Ask Farage Tonight

(11) Comments | Posted 26 March 2014 | (08:55)

People like Nigel Farage. People do not like Miliband, Cameron or Clegg. These simple truths are at the heart of Ukip's popularity and of 'establishment' parties' unpopularity.

Unfortunately most pundits, politicians and journalists fail to take note of this situation and instead spend their time trying to counter Farage...

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Westminster Is Irrelevant (Not That You Would Know It)

(2) Comments | Posted 17 March 2014 | (23:00)

Currently on BBC Radio 4 is an item about a recent debate in the House of Commons between MPs on the subject of badgers. It's not that I don't sympathise with the plight of the humble (and apparently promiscuous) badger or the farmers, whose lives seem to be constantly ruined...

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

(6) Comments | Posted 30 October 2013 | (23:00)

Last week JPMorgan agreed to pay a record $13billion to the American authorities to 'settle' various investigations into its pre-crisis mortgage lending business. Deutsche Bank today announced that it would be keeping about $1billion to one side in view of on-going 'legal costs', while a Dutch bank has stated that...

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

(61) Comments | Posted 26 October 2013 | (00:00)

It feels a bit uncomfortable writing a post criticising the political director of the Huffington Post UK, but I felt I had to having read his most recent blog on "quantitative easing for people (QEP)". Mehdi Hasan asserts that giving every man, woman and child in the UK...

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

(4) Comments | Posted 26 September 2013 | (11:12)

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. After experiencing a minor existential collapse, we discussed why she had opted to use this word over more maternal ones. She was...

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Miliband, Clegg and Cameron: Different Parties, Same Problems

(38) Comments | Posted 14 September 2013 | (00:00)

Not a day goes by without the face of Cameron, Clegg or Miliband gracing the homepage of the Huffington Post UK. I always find myself grimacing slightly and quickly clicking back to the Daily Mail's celeb column. Although from different political backgrounds (apparently), they all have the same tired, glazed...

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UKIP Does Not Fight for British Interests in Brussels

(119) Comments | Posted 19 August 2013 | (00:00)

I read with interest comments made by Janice Atkinson about the work that Godfrey Bloom does on 'the EU's Women's Rights and Gender Equality committee'. Not only is the above quote factually incorrect but her blog post was also a pretty simplistic rendering of the European legislative process....

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

(74) Comments | Posted 27 July 2013 | (00:00)

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...

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

(19) Comments | Posted 5 July 2013 | (00:00)

"Opaque answers to straightforward questions were part of the job, because I couldn't say 'no comment' and I didn't want markets to overreact... What tends to happen is your syntax collapses. All of a sudden, you are mumbling. It often works. I created a new language which we now call...

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The Conservative Party Should Be More Than Just a Colour

(29) Comments | Posted 2 July 2013 | (00:00)

Sometimes I really do wonder why I remain a member of the Conservative Party. When I read Peter Bone's blog the other day that listed his forty 'true-blue' proposals, I decided to immediately cancel my membership. Then, after about twenty minutes of irritation, I realised that doing so...

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Everyone Is a Little Bit Bigoted

(111) Comments | Posted 25 June 2013 | (00:00)

I'm regretting having phrased the title of my previous post the way I did because it's apparently all anyone really noticed. In a sense, I have only myself to blame because I made it deliberately provocative in order to get some attention. Whoops. Henceforth I have decided to...

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Being Anti-Gay Marriage Does Not Make You a Bigot

(449) Comments | Posted 18 June 2013 | (00:00)

Over the weekend I read a Huffington Post blog by B.J. Epstein about gays who are against gay marriage. As I read it, I bristled with irritation. Who is she to say what an individual can and can't think? Is she a gay man? Does her position as...

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Why I'm Becoming a Student Again

(2) Comments | Posted 13 June 2013 | (10:50)

One of my favourite daydreams at the moment is to imagine myself, today, meeting myself, five years ago, as I graduated from university. At this meeting, I would tell my twenty one year old self that in five years' time, I would be living in Brussels, working in the European...

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Not All Immigrants Are Islamist Fruit Pickers

(99) Comments | Posted 11 June 2013 | (00:00)

Life was hard being an immigrant in Brussels. When I first migrated to Belgium from London in 2011, I spent much of my time lost, dazed and confused. The waiters and bar staff shot me murderous looks when I requested their services. The water tasted so foul that I feared...

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The EU Has No Power to Make Us Do Anything, So Calm Down

(114) Comments | Posted 3 June 2013 | (00:00)

Last week I wrote about how angry Ukippers (henceforth to be known as kippers) tend to be and suggested that rather than write nasty things in the comment section, they should get stoned and chill out. Apparently some people seemed to miss the light-hearted nature of this recommendation and decided...

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Ukippers: Racist Homophobes or Just a Little Bit Angry?

(358) Comments | Posted 27 May 2013 | (00:00)

When I first started blogging, I was warned never to look at the comment section at the bottom of the webpage. If I did, I would glimpse a dark, miserable place inhabited by trolls. However having been a fan of trolls for much of my childhood, specifically the little plastic...

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A Referendum on Europe Tomorrow Would Not Stop Ukip

(92) Comments | Posted 22 May 2013 | (00:00)

A friend asked me if I had watched the referendum debate in the Houses of Parliament the other day. I asked him to repeat the question because whenever I hear the words 'referendum', 'debate' and 'parliament' in the same sentence, my body automatically shuts down. I think this must be...

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Thanks, Ukip, for Waking Up the Establishment

(151) Comments | Posted 15 May 2013 | (00:00)

I never thought I'd say this, but I think the rise of Ukip is overall a very positive development in British politics. Being an underage Conservative, which is an endangered species at the best of times, I will no doubt have to watch my back having made this statement. But...

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When the Sovereign Debt Bubble Bursts, Things Will Get Nasty

(8) Comments | Posted 8 May 2013 | (14:18)

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)....

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If Theresa Said Sorry, Ukip Would Die Overnight

(98) Comments | Posted 4 May 2013 | (00:00)

Imagine this. Theresa May, Home Secretary, announces to the British people that she plans to hold a conference to discuss the government's latest thinking about its immigration policy.

The response goes something like this. The bleeding hearts at the Guardian suffer from a paroxysm of self-righteous rage at the injustice...

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