"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, 28 May 2011

Once More Unto The Breach, Dear Friends

Come on then, let we few, we happy few, we band of brothers, get all Shakespearean on the EU's @rse and find out what they've been doing.

Apaches for Libya.  Old news but included because I first heard this on the radio last week: it was announced by a French Defence Minister.
Everyone's a victim now. Police chief accused of corruption counter-sues for slander/libel.
Burglar freed to care for children - HRC "We submit that the judge erred in law in failing to have proper or any regard to the children that he was the sole carer for."
British unskilled bear the brunt as migrants flood the country
Measles outbreak across UK
Nazi uniforms banned at WW2 re-enactment
"I saw Live Aid and I'm sticking to my promise" If only he'd read the comments there and HERE. I think he must have a deathwish.
Watch out for E.Coli  Germans blame Spanish cucumbers for virus that killed three and hospitalised hundreds.
This one passed me by: European Obesity Day. The WHO describes the situation as "an epidemic" and warns about the effect on businesses and pressure on healthcare. Got to look after those work units!
Europe's regions to be further divided into three categories defined by wealth.  More glorified wealth re-distribution.
Comparisons between Scotland and Catalonia: Are we on the way to a world of confederate states?
Towards a federal Britain.  "A federal Britain would be a more diverse and stable environment for investment and economic development."
More allegations of plagiarism as the EU Regional Policy Commissioner also stands accused.
Regulating just because they can: the EU's cookie directive.
Former MPC member Blanchflower: "Euro debt default is inevitable". He speculates about France and Spain.
Fitch credit ratings agency has Belgium in its sights.
Herman's Happiness Speech. "In order to convince Europe's citizens that the endeavours of these times are worthwhile, this is the moment for Europe to invest in a new, enticing economic and political dream."  Can't wait.
Unlabelled cloned meat, milk & dairy now available across the EU. The FSA shelved proposals that would have required it to go through a safety assessment.
In a vote last month to freeze their pay & perks the Labour MEPs voted against, the LibDems abstained and the Conservatives & UKIP voted in support.
MEPs' wishlist includes a 5% budget increase, an end to national rebates & 'own resources' (aka direct taxation). Spending on cohesion & agriculture to be maintained at current levels.

Highlights of a debate: "Germany no longer needs Europe: the dream is over"
Hannan & Stuart -v- Garton-Ash & Giscard-d'Estaing

Finally, here's Herman's haiku for Japan:
"The three disasters
Storms turn into a soft wind.
A new, humane wind."

Not bad, but he should spend more time polishing his technique because it's not a match for this:

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect...

Henry V, Act 3, Scene 1

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