Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Heritage conference

A major conference convened in Washington today, to discuss whether the EU is in the best interests of the United States. It was organised by the Heritage Foundation in association with the Discovery Institute, Global Britain and the Hudson Institute.

Taking part from Britain was Lord Pearson of Rannoch (Campaign for an Independent Britain), the Rt Hon. David Heathcote-Amory MP, Sunday Telegraph columnist Christopher Booker, Daniel Hannan MEP, Ruth Lea (Centre for Policy Studies) and Ian Milne (Global Britain).

Speakers from the US included Yossef Bodansky (Former Director, Congressional Task Force Against Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare), Judge Robert H. Bork (Hudson Institute), Edwin Meese III (Chairman, Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation), The Hon. Gordon Smith (R-OR – Member, United States Senate), Mark Ryland (Vice President, Discovery Institute) and Kenneth R. Weinstein, (PhD., Chief Executive Officer, Hudson Institute).

The one-day event was the brainchild of Lord Pearson of Rannoch who wants the US to understand the "real nature of the beast". His aim is to discourage Americans from promoting an integrated union and to raise questions about its beneficiaries. "The whole project has gone badly off the rails and this moment of confusion is a great moment for the US to grit their teeth and realise that it's very much against their best interests," he says.

The Conference can be viewed via the Heritage Foundation website, via the link above. The morning session is particularly worth watching, and especially the parts towards the end of the morning on defence issues.

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