Tory MP Nadine Dorries asked early on in today’s PMQs this question:

Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire) (Con): The American waste giant, Covanta, is proposing to build in my constituency an incinerator about the size of Wembley. Will the Prime Minister give an assurance that decisions about such matters will be made at a local level in future?

The Prime Minister: My hon. Friend is right to raise this, and it is right that decisions should be made locally. We want to make sure that all the latest technology for alternatives to incineration is considered, so that we can make sure that we are using the best ways to achieve a green approach.

Decided at a local level eh? Hmm I wonder what’s missing from the question and the answer? It’s not being decided at all at a local level because the councils are forced to reduce landfill by EU unaccountable bureaucrats and fines.

Building an incinerator is an issue that has plagued my local area, and one where the EU dimension gets ignored again.

Another example of the lack of candidness by our so-called elected representatives.


Not A Word…

Following on from the Sunday Mail’s nonsense regarding the EU banning eggs comes a story in today’s paper confirming that the Post Office will be sold off:

Postmen are to be given stakes in Royal Mail under radical Government plans to sell it off this year.

Ministers plan to transform the ailing firm into a John Lewis-style trust, like the department store whose employees are ‘partners’, owning shares and receiving annual dividends based on its profits.

The offer will dramatically undermine attempts by militant trade union leaders to persuade staff to oppose the privatisation, which is expected to be the biggest in Britain for two decades.

Well of course the Tories will sell off the Post Office, they have no choice as it’s the result of EU Directives. Great, the perfect story for the Mail you may think, front page; EU plans to abolish our Post Office and unlike the egg story it would be true.

But nothing, no mention at all of the EU in the article. Not a word.

The Germans

No not a football comment, but England Expects posts about growing disillusionment within Germany regarding the EU, specifically the Euro:

A majority of Germans wants to scrap the euro and bring back the old currency, the deutschemark, according to a new poll published on Tuesday.
The Ipsos survey showed 51 per cent of people in Europe’s top economy wanted their beloved deutschemark back, with 30 per cent wanting to keep the euro. The remainder was undecided.

The Tap has this comment from Gisela Stuart:

For a generation of German politicians, “Europe” has been a way of slaying the ghosts of the past. This may be understandable, even honourable, but the results have not always been good for Germany or Europe. Chancellor Helmut Kohl overrode the Bundesbank (and the majority of Germans) in the name of “Europe” when the euro replaced the deutschmark. After barely a decade, Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) is facing its biggest crisis and Germany is again under pressure to come to the rescue, in the name of Europe.

In fact, in this instance, the interests of Germany and Europe are the same: Germany should leave the euro.

It’s sometimes forgotten that while the British are seen as the most euro-sceptic of European nations, that Germany is not far behind. As I posted here, I worked in Germany for some years and the level of bitterness and resentment towards the EU project was surprising; in particular giving up their currency. They hated it. As Gisela Stuart suggests, the Germans want to be ‘good Europeans’ in order not to appear too nationalistic for obvious reasons. But with each generation the argument; ‘it’s not our fault what our forefathers did’ gets ever stronger. This is now particularly prevalent when it comes to bailing out Greece and its pensions. They will not continue to pay the EU’s bills.

The British moan and shrug their shoulders and carry on when it comes to the EU, but it will be the Germans who will more than likely upset the project first.

A Myth

EU politics is complicated and dull – very dull. I only take an ‘interest’ because I want the UK to remove itself from the supranational, corrupt and wholly undemocratic structure. One of the side effects though, of the obsession is an instinct immediately as to whether something is, or is not, the result of Brussels’ regulations.

And so it proved on Sunday, from the Mail:

British shoppers are to be banned from buying eggs by the dozen under new regulations approved by the European Parliament.

For the first time, eggs and ­other products such as oranges and bread rolls will be sold by weight instead of by the number contained in a packet.

Until now, Britain has been exempt from EU regulations that forbid the selling of goods by number. But last week MEPs voted to end Britain’s deal despite objections from UK members.

The new rules will mean that instead of packaging telling shoppers a box contains six eggs, it will show the weight in grams of the eggs inside, for example 372g.

Other papers, blogs and even the BBC got stuck in with enthusiasm. However my first reaction was; yeah right! But due to other distractions I didn’t have time to prove otherwise.

Fortunately the excellent, (sadly pro-EU Blog) Nosemonkey has the details:

Indeed, all you have to do is read the proposed regulation itself (warning: PDF) – which makes precisely no mention of outlawing selling by numbers.

In fact, quite the opposite – Annex VIII makes explicit exceptions for foods “which are sold by number”. (This only slightly amended in the final version, despite the apparent claim in the BBC article that such a get-out had been rejected.)

He goes on to link to this:

Selling eggs by the dozen will NOT be illegal under the terms of the amendments adopted by the European Parliament to EU food labelling proposals. Labels will still be able to indicate the number of food items in a pack, whether of eggs, bread rolls or fish fingers. To suggest that British shoppers will not be allowed to buy a dozen eggs in the future is wrong.

It’s greatly frustrating that the media in general ignores the systematical damage the EU does to our country by failing to highlight the relevant EU Directives, even when pointed out in their comments or letters pages, but chooses to go big with a story that can easily be dismissed. It undermines the case.

A not so recent episode of the BBC programme of QI illustrates this point precisely. Hosted by left-wing Stephen Fry, they had a session on so-called barmy EU laws which weren’t. The implication clearly meant was that any criticism of the EU is misguided:

The Daily Mail has helped EU-enthusiasts once again in their mistaken criticism, and has also helped the Tories by allowing them to portray themselves as tough on the EU, despite the fact that the article is bollocks:

An attempt by Brussels to stop British shoppers buying eggs by the dozen will be blocked, ministers promised yesterday.

European regulations that aim to ban the sale of a dozen eggs, six bread rolls or four apples go against common sense, they said.

The rapid coalition pledge that food will stay on sale in the traditional way follows a move by the European Commission to undermine the use of longstanding and universally understood non-metric measures.

It’s a fight on two fronts.

Well How Embarrassing

We’re out, and deservedly so. I’m sure much will be made about the ‘goal that never was‘, but in truth we were crap. Germany were much more inventive, passed the ball better and quite frankly made it look embarrassing for us.

The so called ‘golden generation’ have yet again failed to live up to expectations. Supposedly ‘good’ players are paid handsomely who play well for their clubs yet fail to reproduce their form for their country. I’m sure Fabio will get it in the neck now, but if Fabio (one of the best managers in the world) can’t get the best out of this lot then who can?

Bring on tomorrow’s papers.

Edit: At least we beat the Aussies at the cricket though:

England weathered a dramatic late collapse to beat Australia by one wicket with five balls remaining and seal the one-day series in Manchester.

The tense victory gave them an unassailable 3-0 lead with two dead rubbers to follow in London.

It’s A Knockout

Now we’re into the knockout rounds, and next up it’s the Germans. Despite a relatively unconvincing start (rather like England) they’re not to be underestimated. England have never beaten a top-level team in the knockout rounds of a World Cup away from Wembley, and not at all since 1966. However nor have Germany since 1990 unless it went to penalties.

An inexperienced German team (of whom 11 players are eligible to play for other countries) against an experienced English team. It’s an intriguing contest, hopefully we can emulate the score in the picture above.

As expected some of the tabloid newspapers have put their less than dignified hats on, although the German equivalents are hardly innocent in this area either. Me? I love Germany, I worked and lived there for a number of years; it’s one of my favourite of all European countries. And they’re not as sensitive to this ‘don’t mention the war stuff’ as we might imagine, though I find the ’10 German Bombers’ chant to be more than a little tedious.

Germany have always been a country that has beaten us fair and square, so it is only on a football level that I would love England to win. Argentina are likely to be our next opponents should we go through, now that’s a different matter…