EU politics: the art of misdirection

When magicians are trying to pull off their tricks, they will often distract their audiences, to divert attention from whatever manipulation it is that forms the basis of those tricks. This is known as “misdirection”, otherwise called “managing the...

Fisheries policy: collective delusion

The EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is quite a complicated beast. It takes a lot of knowledge and experience, and a fair bit of expert advice from a wide variety of sources, in order to understand it.The one thing you can’t do, with any conviction – or...

Climate change: coldest spring in 50 years

Just as Dellers whoops with joy at Trougher Yeo admitting that “global warming” may not have been entirely man-made, up pops the Met Office confirming that we haven’t actually had any global warming – this spring, at any rate.In fact, according to...

EU politics: a question of discrimination

Much of the reporting, such as in the Daily Mail, relies on agency copy which, in turn, relies on a flawed briefing by Open Europe, which is heavily misrepresenting the issue.The story is cast as a battle between the UK government and the commission over the...

UK politics: we owe nothing but our cheers

Rail bosses, says the Evening Standard (and many others), are facing a “backlash” after pocketing bonuses of up to £100,000 despite failing to meet key punctuality targets.In fact, five top “executives” at Network Rail have walked away with...

EU politics: a social emergency

More or less out of the blue, EU energy commissioner Günther Oettinger has been talking to the German-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Brussels, only to be picked up by the German tabloid Bild which has retailed what have been described as “undiplomatic...

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