Rodney Atkinson

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For the Australian politician, see Rod Atkinson.

Rodney Eric Bainbridge Atkinson (born 1948) is a British eurosceptic conservative academic, political and economic commentator, journalist and author. Atkinson was formerly a lecturer at the University of Mainz, and has also worked as a merchant banker and government adviser.[1] He is the eldest brother of comedian and actor Rowan Atkinson.

He founded The Campaign for United Kingdom Conservatism in 1994 and co-founded with Lynn Riley, the cross-party South Molton Declaration in 1999 (re-launched as the British Declaration of Independence for the 2005 general election). He was Referendum Party candidate in North West Durham in the 1997 General Election (5.2%) and the lead UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidate for the North East Region in the 1999 European Elections (8.8%).

In 2000, he lost the UKIP leadership election, by 16 votes, to Jeffrey Titford MEP. Atkinson left UKIP shortly afterwards, along with 200 supporters, accusing then Party Chairman Nigel Farage MEP and eurosceptic journalist Christopher Booker of conducting a “dirty tricks” campaign against him. He also accused the party of being “infiltrated by extremists”.[2][3][4]

With Norris McWhirter, he laid misprision of treason charges against Francis Maude and Douglas Hurd for signing the Maastricht Treaty.[citation needed] The case was eventually quashed by the Attorney General, Nicholas Lyell, while the House of Lords was in recess, sitting in his own Judgement (as the government's lawyer) and saying there was no case to answer.[citation needed] Atkinson subsequently co-authored the book Treason at Maastricht, with Norris McWhirter.


  • "Making Monetarism Work - institutional distortions in the economy" Bow Group Paper. October 1981
  • "Overseas Aid by Foreign Trade" Journal of Economic Affairs, January 1982
  • "Getting value for Britain's Gas" Bow Group Memorandum, February 1982
  • "Incomes Policies do not work" Journal of Economic Affairs. April 1982
  • "Prospects for the French Economy" Arab Banker, March 1983
  • "No Equity in International Debt" Bow Group Paper. June 1983
  • "British Gas Corporation - Sale of Oil Assets" Bow Paper, July 1983
  • "How to privatise the Energy Sector" The Times, January 1984
  • "How does President Reagan affect the oil price?" Financial Times Energy Economist, March 1984
  • "Support that serves only to distort" (Government and Small Business) The Guardian, March 1984
  • "Why import Gas?" Evidence to House of Commons Select Committee on Energy Bow Paper, March 1984
  • "Turning Points in International Debt" Arab Banker, April 1984
  • "Next steps in International Debt" Crossbow, June 1984
  • "What has the Closed Shop done for the Unions?" Financial Times, June 1984
  • "Aid by Enterprise" (Contributor to Book) Adam Smith Institute, July 1984
  • "Inflation and Middle Class Values" Salisbury Review. October 1984
  • 'The Politicisation of Banking" Journal of Economic Affairs, April 1985
  • "Income Wealth and Capital Taxation" Adam Smith Institute, February 1985
  • "Gas Depletion Policy" Evidence to House of Commons Select Committee on Energy IIMSO. March 1985
  • "A safer road for young nation Debtors" Crossbow, April 1985
  • "Edward Heath and the people of Consett" Journal of Economic Affairs. October 1985
  • "The Businessman's supply creates the Economists Demand" Salisbury Review, October 1985
  • "Why do we still have this "wealth" tax?" Crossbow, Summer 1985
  • "The Privatisation of British Gas Corporation" H of C Select Committee on Energy. September 1985
  • "The Energy Policy Mess" Bow Paper November 1985
  • "The Sterling Inflation Myth" Crossbow, Summer 1986
  • "Economists and the Economy" Book Review. Crossbow 1986
  • "A New Approach to Regional Policy" Bow Paper. November 1986
  • "Black Economy's Message to Government" Wall Street Journal Europe 23/1/87
  • "Government guided expenditure" Crossbow. Summer 1987
  • "A Return to the Regions. A New Prospectus for Regional Policy" Bow Educational Trust. January 1988
  • "The Moral Basis of Monetarism" Compuprint Publishing, February 1984 ISBN 0-9509353-0-1
  • Government Against the People (1986) ISBN 0-9509353-1-X
  • The Emancipated Society (1988) ISBN 0-9509353-2-8
  • The Failure of the State (1989) ISBN 0-9509353-3-6
  • Your Country—Your Democracy (1992) ISBN 0-9509353-5-2
  • Treason at Maastricht (1994, with Norris McWhirter, ISBN 0-9509353-9-5
  • Europe’s Full Circle (1996) ISBN 0-9525110-3-7
  • Fascist Europe Rising (2001) ISBN 0-9525110-4-5

Recordings on CD: Sir Alfred Sherman 2007 ISBN 0-9525110-7-X The British Declaration of Independence 2008 ISBN 0-9525110-6-1 The Nazis and Fascists who founded the European Union and their influence today. 2008 ISBN 0-9525110-5-3


  • The Euro—What it really means
  • 15 Lies from the European Movement
  • EU Propaganda in British Schools
  • British Eurofederalists
  • Yugoslavia and its enemies


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