"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Saturday, 19 March 2011

What Has Europe blah blah

I wish I could say that this edition of WHEDFU was going to be short and sweet but I'm afraid it will be neither.

First of all, take a look at these two polls:

EDF  "Do you think the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg should force Britian to allow votes for prisoners?"  51.5% Yes,  48.5% No  (*Note also the mis-spelling of 'Britain'.)
PressEurop   "Should Europe abandon nuclear energy?"  53% Yes,  40%  No

It prompts two questions from me:
  1. What sort of people think that forcing a supposedly-independent sovereign nation state (well, we are aren't we?  That's what Cameron & Co keep telling us) into an action its people and Parliament clearly don't want, is a good move?
  2. What sort of people think that taking us back to the Dark Ages is a good move?
Heated nuclear debate blows up in Europe.   MEPs discuss nuclear safety and the future of energy policy.
Stress tests for nuclear plants.  Let's hope they're more rigorous and reliable than their stress testing of the banks.
European Personnel Recovery Course a success.  It's just as well given what's happening in Libya, Bahrain, Oman, Syria, Yemen etc etc at the moment.
Carry on, Bahrain  EU refuses to censure Bahrain despite killings and influx of Saudi troops.  Ashton says she is "noting developments".
EAW reform needed urgently says Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights.  (How many Commissioners for Human Rights are there in all these organisations?)
Protectionist EU imposes trade tariffs on China - ceramic tile-makers affected.  Who's against cheap, imported Chinese tiles except European manufacturers?  Not the consumer.
Call for overhaul of European Food Standards Authority.  I seem to remember an outcry from some quarters when the UK's Food Standards Agency was one of the quangos slated for abolition.  It was abolished because it's completely irrelevant and superfluous - we already have EFSA in place.
Further calls for the establishment of a European Credit Rating Foundation because the EU isn't happy with outside regulatory agencies so it wants one of its own.
30m euros in aid for the Ivory Coast  Governments are attached to the ideology of wealth redistribution via mandatory charitable giving.
EU pressed  to put warnings on all alcoholic drinks but not like "the nasty, horrible images" shown on cigarettes.  That's a relief; it would completely spoil my glass of Chablis if I had to stare at a raddled and dessicated liver.
This is good - from the same article - "According to a recent Eurobarometer poll, 77% of Europeans support having health warning messages on alcoholic beverages."  I find it hard to believe that roughly 385 million people were asked let alone gave their opinion.  The Eurobarometer poll must be in the same league for reliability as the ones mentioned above.
More on the European History Museum which I posted about last week.  This time it's been branded "a waste of money".  There's a surprise.  The article begins:  "A parliamentary committee has approved..."  Don't be misled - that's a Brussels Parliamentary Committee, not one at  the Westminster Executive.
EN ISO 9994 International Standard for Lighters  Three years on and they're still squabbling and indecisive about "killer" lighters.

So, there we have it for this week.  What an absobloodylutely pathetic and corrupt institution this is.

PS  You might like, but probably not, these two articles:

Herman van Vompuy - "cold and calculating"
The Committee's purpose is to be even more in the future the means of developing participatory democracy and civil dialogue at Union level.

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