Britain’s road signs could be replaced by warnings used in France and German as part of a plan to develop new technology to cut deaths on roads in Europe.
Traditional no entry and speed signs in Britain could be replaced by standard European signs which could be read by ‘intelligent’ cars that will be able to communicate directly with drivers.
The changes have been proposed to the European Commission and could also involve introducing standard road markings, which campaigners fear could cost taxpayers millions.
Some cars, such as Volvos and Fords, are already capable of reading road signs and the European Road Assessment Programme (EuroRAP) said that all EU countries will need to use the same signs for the system to work.
No, not that intelligent signs are necessarily bollocks. Or even a good idea. The idea that they all need to be the same is bollocks.
If you’re going to make a car that is intelligent enough to read the road signs then there would be no problem with having more than one set of signs that it could read.
It’s just that mania for “more Europe” again.
The current generation of EU leaders, including David Cameron, must revive Winston Churchill’s vision of a United States of Europe says José Manuel Barroso
Churchill’s vision of a United Europe was one of which the UK was not a member of course.
So fine, yes, carry on.
Britain should leave the Council of Europe if it refuses to give prisoners the vote, the continent’s most senior human rights official has warned.
You must be in the Council of Europe to be allowed to be in the European Union. Thus if we’re not in the CoE we cannot be in the EU.
So, deny prisoners the vote and we leave the EU.
As it happens I think prisoners should have the vote. But willing to deny them that for the greater good of us all.
Tobacco companies will be hit by tough new laws, including a ban on menthol cigarettes and smaller packs, following a vote in the European Parliament.
Consumers will be hit by tough new laws. For example, the wankstains in Brussels have decided to make menthol cigarettes illegal. This is a curb, a constraint, upon the freedom and liberty of consumers.
The correct headline for this piece should therefore be:
Illiberal cunts steal freedom
But then, given that we are indeed talking about the European Parliament that doesn’t really pass the man bites dog test for news, does it?
Regardless of whether or not scientists are wrong on global warming, the European Union is pursuing the correct energy policies even if they lead to higher prices, Europe’s climate commissioner has said.
“I personally have a very pragmatic view.
“Say that 30 years from now, science came back and said, ‘wow, we were mistaken then now we have some new information so we think it is something else’. In a world with nine billion people, even 10 billion at the middle of this century, where literally billions of global citizens will still have to get out of poverty and enter the consuming middle classes, don’t you think that anyway it makes a lot of sense to get more energy and resource efficient,” she said.
“Let’s say that science, some decades from now, said ‘we were wrong, it was not about climate’, would it not in any case have been good to do many of things you have to do in order to combat climate change?.”
That’s not a pragmatic view, that’s an ideological view.
Doubling the price of energy only makes sense if a) climate change is real and dangerous and or b) there’s going to be a shortage of energy in the future.
As b) is most unlikely then if a) is also untrue then there’s really no point in it at all.
The EU president told the Europe’s Court of Auditors that he wants it to ensure that its findings get positive headlines and preach the benefits of European spending worth over £110 billion a year.
“Your reports are not released into a void but into the rough and tumble of political life and media reporting,” he said on Thursday night. “Every year, they generate headlines that ‘yet again the EU’s accounts have not been signed off’, with deceptive allegations of fraud and mismanagement. You and I know that such headlines can be misleading.
“Given this media handling of information, and its impact on public opinion in some countries, the court might want to give some further thought as to how it can encourage more nuanced reporting.”
Rather missing the point of what auditors are supposed to do really.
The EU already has the politicians and the PR bods to say how lovely everything is. The auditors are there to say how efficiently the money is being spent and that’s it. So that’s what they should report on, no more.
The new laws are designed to create a single market for telecoms services across Europe and block what Brussels officials called “arbitrary profits” on international calls.
Ownership of spectrum is national. Thus the people who have leased this, in each different nation, need to get a cut of the revenues from a call that crosses a boundary.
Current fees might well be “too high”. Although it’s also true that for businesses at least there’s plenty of choice out there, with international mobile plans being made available at very reasonable prices.
My best guess, and it is a guess, is that the EU would like to prise that spectrum away from the national governments and make it a shared European resource. Or, more importantly, a direct source of funding for the EU.
An official House of Commons analysis says a series of further Parliamentary votes will be required in 2016 to enshrine a future referendum in law. It warns that the legislation being debated in Parliament this week – if passed – could have little legal relevance as it could be ignored by a future government.
The analysis concludes that it “would not appear possible to hold the referendum” without the further agreement of both Houses of Parliament after the next election to set the date and terms of a future vote.
Well quite, One Parliament cannot bind a future oone. Which, gloriously, means we can rescind the Climate Change and Equality Acts any time we want to .
If Dave really wants to make certain that there is a referendum then all he\’s got to do is have one while he\’s still PM.
Lawks and lummee the man\’s a fool.
But there is a more optimistic, alternative history. The first obvious point is that Britain could have joined the euro only if a referendum had been won. A victory would have depended on it being an obvious good deal, with the pound entering at a competitive rate and the euro\’s structure, rules and governance reformed to accommodate British concerns and interests. The European Central Bank would have needed to look more like the US Federal Reserve, with more scope for fiscal and monetary activism. The Germans would doubtless have insisted, in return, that the EU banking system be more conservatively managed.
So we should have joined the euro that wasn\’t on offer then?
Just as one example, why would Germany have insisted the banks were more conservatively regulated? Their banking crisis cost even more than ours did!
\”Emboldened by his referendum victory, Blair could have sacked Brown before the disastrous second phase of his chancellorship and lacklustre prime ministership. Blairism would have morphed into a new form of European social democracy, fashioning British-style stakeholder capitalism. \”
What has he been smoking?
To sweeten the loss roaming revenues for mobile operators, however, the new package of will include provisions to simplify operating across the EU by synchronising national sales of airwaves.
Give it a couple of years and the claim will be that as it\’s an EU wide resource then the cash should be direct revenue to the EU.
They are simply desperate to have \”own resources\”….that is, money direct without national governments being able to tell them to fuck off.
Yeah, paranoia and all that. But it wouldn\’t in the least surprise me if that\’s what\’s coming down the pike.
For years, campaigners have been fighting against industrial fishing in European waters and last week, at long last, they had something to celebrate. Their target has been the huge factory ships that hoover up everything in their wake, discarding the dead fish they don\’t want – often half the catch – and returning to port with their quotas met the most profitable way. The result has not just been dwindling fish stocks – the entire marine ecosystem is under assault, including the coastal fishing communities that depend on it for their livelihood.
No one European country can make a difference by itself: fish do not respect borders. In any case, the danger for any one country acting unilaterally to husband fish stocks and ban the practice of discarding dead fish is that if others do not follow suit it will be the sucker. It will have hurt its own fishing interests just to benefit others. This is a problem that can only be solved by European countries acting together.
So the EU\’s about to have a fishing policy which isn\’t certifiably insane.
This is something that could only be done at EU level.
Hmm. That will come as news to those non-EU countries, like Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Isles, which have long had fishing policies which are not certifiably insane.
Hutton\’s claiming as a merit of the EU what is actually the problem with the EU: not being able to act nationally on such matters of national interest. Manipulative little cunt, isn\’t he?
A new ban on restaurants serving olive oil in jugs is \”silly\” but not a reason to quit the European Union, Danny Alexander has said.
It isn\’t a reason to quit, no.
But it is symptomatic of all of the reasons to quit. That, you know, we\’re being ruled by fuckwits.
The small glass jugs filled with green or gold coloured extra virgin olive oil are familiar and traditional for restaurant goers across Europe but they will be banned from 1 January 2014 after a decision taken in an obscure Brussels committee earlier this week.
From next year olive oil \”presented at a restaurant table\” must be in pre-packaged, factory bottles with a tamper-proof dispensing nozzle and labelling in line with EU industrial standards.
The use of classic, refillable glass jugs or glazed terracotta dipping bowls and the choice of a restaurateur to buy olive oil from a small artisan producer or family business will be outlawed.
Around here people will collect the olives from the trees that dot the country side (traditionally, each was owned and ownership known, but that\’s rather fallen by the wayside) and take them off to the local mill and get them pressed. This would be the household\’s oil for the year. And some of the smaller restaurants do much the same. This law will now force everyone to buy industrially produced and bottled oil:
The European Commissions justification for the ban, under special Common Agriculture Policy regulations, is \”hygiene\” and to protect the \”image of olive oil\” with a measure that will benefit struggling industrial producers in Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal.
As is so often the case, regulation is a method of killing off the small guy in favour of the large industrial companies.
Someone\’s going to have to remind me why we don\’t rise up and strangle the fuckers.
Leaving Europe would be bad for British business
But that ain\’t the point is it?
Allowing cartels, monopolies and manipulative oilgopolies would be just great for British business too. We don\’t allow them because they screw over the consumer though.
Which is back to our old point. The aim of this whole economy thing is to improve the conditions of the consumers not the producers.
European Union: if the \’outs\’ get their way, we\’ll end up like Ukraine
Slightly poorer perhaps but packed full of good looking women looking for some aging podgy to whisk them away from it all.
There are aspects of the future that are attractive.
Greek youth unemployment shot to a record 64 per cent in February.
They\’re playing a blinder on matters economic. As usual.
No one wants to trigger any referendums until the crisis is long over. Look at the horrendous figures – 64% youth unemployment in Greece, 42% in Portugal – so who would expect anything but a raspberry to any question that is asked.
The EU is out of favour – no surprise in a crisis worsened by austerity policies that leave rich Germany angry at paying for poor nations, and poor countries outraged at what is imposed on them in the name of a failed economic theory.
These seem to be the arguments as to why we should stay in.
Europe is gearing up for a fresh trade war with China with plans to impose a levy on billions of pounds worth of imports of cheap solar panels.
The European Commission has proposed a tough 47pc “anti-dumping” tariff to penalise the imports, it emerged on Wednesday.
The move would benefit European manufacturers, who allege their Chinese rivals – whose panels are as much as 45pc cheaper – are unfairly subsidised by Beijing.
The installation of solar cells is vastly, hugely, subsidised right across Europe. So when someone starts selling cheap ones they tax them.
Even if China really is subsidising the production (something I seriously doubt) then so what? The correct reaction is to say \”Ta v. much, we like cheap\”.
We\’re ruled by fucking morons.
History suggests that the current crisis requires the immediate creation of an Anglo-American style fiscal and military union of the eurozone – a \”democratic union\”. This would involve the creation of a European parliament with legislative powers; a one-off federalising of all state debt through the issue of union bonds to be backed by the entire tax revenue of the common currency zone (with a debt ceiling for member states thereafter); the supervised dissolution of insolvent private-sector financial institutions; and a single European army, with a monopoly on external force projection.
This is the only solution that will enable Europeans to mobilise in pursuit of their collective interest rather than against each other, and integrate Germany economically and militarily into the larger whole, without disenfranchising the German people or any other population of the union.
The British and the American unions made history. If we eurozoners do not act quickly and create a single state on Anglo-American lines, we will be history too – but not in the way we had hoped.
No, really, best of luck to you too.
Note that German tax revenues will now support Italian, French, Spanish etc debt. Which will be nice for Germany.
Note also that it\’s eurozone, not EU. Which means that we\’ve got that multi-speed Europe thing, which is also fine. And note also that there\’s absolutely no fucking way that Britain would ever join such a monstrosity. So, really, do, have fun.