EU Regulation: a glimpse of UNECE

An intriguing article in the loss-making Guardian tells us that “MEPs will vote on proposals for a new testing standard that would weed out practices that misrepresent cars’ fuel efficiency”.The story is so utterly, bizarrely wrong that it took me...

Media: lone bloggers not under threat

There has been a certain amount of concern as to whether bloggers might be caught by the proposed press regulations, and thus be exposed to crippling fines. However, in the debate last night in the Commons, the position was made clear by culture secretary Maria...

EU politics: a growing sentiment

Whatever else there is to say about the Cyprus situation, it is fair to say that it has turned out to be a PR nightmare for the “colleagues” – with this AP photograph doing the rounds (above). This has been an enormous boost to the anti-EU cause.However,...

Eurocrash: Germans on the make

The Cypriot parliament was supposed to vote on the bailout package yesterday. But it didn’t. They maybe will vote today, unless they don’t. Meanwhile, the banks are staying closed until Thursday.The “colleagues” have allowed the Cypriot...

EU politics: the elephant in the refuse tip

New research from the Local Government Association (LGA), we are told, finds landfill charges will cost taxpayers almost £750 million next year, even though the amount of household waste being sent to landfill by councils is set to fall for the tenth year in a row.The...

Media: a free press? In your dreams, Melanie

It was Humbert Wolfe who said, “You cannot hope to bribe or twist (thank God!) the British journalist. But, seeing what the man will do unbribed, there’s no occasion to”.Wolfe was born in Milan, Italy, in 1885, of a Jewish family, but was brought up...

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