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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:17 pm 
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One really should not take any pleasure in other peoples' misfortune, but it is virtually impossible not to smile at the idea that the "colleagues" informal European Council today might be disrupted by strikes in Brussels.

The news of possible disruption comes via The Guardian, the Associated Press and the Evening Standard, and others. They are telling us that public transport will be halted and flights disrupted, and even the Eurostar Brussels service is to be suspended for the day.

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 Post subject: Re: Fiddling around
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:58 pm 

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Things not well in Sicily.

I wonder how much civil unrest in't being reported, especially in the PIIGS.

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 Post subject: Re: Fiddling around
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:16 am 

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Ha Ha! Unrest in the Heart of Darkness!!! (And yes, I say 'twas ever in brussells.) Zippedy, doo dah...

Now if the entire tunnel thing could somehow come to grief ... while nobody's in it of course (well, not legally, anyway).


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 Post subject: Re: Fiddling around
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:46 am 

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The weather doesn't look good for Brussels.

A blizzard, leaving a metre of snow in the afternoon would be nice. We might then see how long the emergency generators keep the Palace of Eternal Bureaucratic Bliss lit up and heated.

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 Post subject: Re: Fiddling around
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:13 pm 

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This a few days ago from the Failygraph.After making the two usual errors of using the words "veto" and "summit" Iain Martin DT commentator* concludes in his ridiculous piece

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Isn’t a huge opportunity being missed here?

Yes, that’s the tragedy. The British government could be using this moment to say to the countries that want fiscal union: “Go ahead, use the institutions of the EU to police your new arrangements. But in return for our acquiescence, we demand a new set-up for ourselves and other countries that want to trade with you but do not want their economies, budgets and legislation controlled from Berlin, via Brussels.” If Mr Cameron did that, his December veto would be recast from short-term tactical manoeuvre into the defining act of a historic premiership.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... urope.html

Still dreaming of a renegotiated Treaty there I see,in Europe and not run by Eurrope etc etc.
When will the penny ever drop? PDT_Armataz_01_02


*The DT describes Martin's job as "writes about the evolving Tory party and its shifting fortunes - and also keeps watch on Gordon Brown and the Labour government"...Gordon Brown????,Labour Government????....nice to see they are keeping up with current events.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/colu ... ainmartin/


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 Post subject: Re: Fiddling around
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:39 pm 
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vincent wrote:

*The DT describes Martin's job as "writes about the evolving Tory party and its shifting fortunes - and also keeps watch on Gordon Brown and the Labour government"...Gordon Brown????,Labour Government????....nice to see they are keeping up with current events.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/colu ... ainmartin/


Nice spot ... duly blogged. Thanks

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 Post subject: Re: Fiddling around
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:15 pm 

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Editorial in today's Failygraph shows they haven't a clue.


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 Post subject: Re: Fiddling around
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:42 pm 

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The Tories seem pretty revolting to me!!!! :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Fiddling around
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:43 pm 

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madbiker wrote:
Editorial everyday in the Failygraph shows they haven't a clue.


Fixed for you

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:18 pm 

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sorry... double post


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 Post subject: Re: Fiddling around
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:18 pm 

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Bruno is having a busy day out.....

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An EU official has told Bruno in reaction to the unintended consequence in the treaty:

Quote It's a funny old world but I supposed it is fair enough because Britain is allowing us to use the EU courts for a non-EU treaty.


Business as usual then.....and most will be beginning to see that "the veto" is turning into a mirage.


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 Post subject: Re: Fiddling around
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:45 pm 

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TheBoilingFrog wrote:
madbiker wrote:
Editorial everyday in the Failygraph shows they haven't a clue.


Fixed for you


Thanks :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Fiddling around
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:43 pm 

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"Senior Conservative backbencher" Bernard Jenkin thus has the measure of the man. According to the Evening Standard, he says: "This is a retreat. What is the difference between refusing to sign the treaty of 27 and then allowing the hijacking of the EU institutions with a treaty of 17 plus?"

Are the Tories revolting?


Jenkin was one of the Maastricht rebels.

Trying to see things from the point of view of the Tories, there's no point being part of the EU unless we are also part of the Eurozone, because that's what's calling the shots, but joining the Euro is not possible and there's a distinct possibility it might collapse. Cameron's antics and balancing act (much in the Tory tradition) are looking increasingly dodgy and there's a stink chance that instead of satisfying a demand for action, they'll stimulate it.

This may be among the first signs of a large and ponderous collective mind, the Parliamentary Conservative Party, being lead to a conclusion it really doesn't want to face, in or out of the EU, no messing about talking about reform, and in isn't the comfy option it once seemed.

That said, I don't have any faith in a genuine revolt in the Conservative party, or them changing their pro-EU stance, any time soon.


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