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EU Gender Quotas?

Posted by rantingkraut on September 17, 2010

Viviane Reding, the EU ‘Justice’ commissioner threatens to require minimum quotas for the proportion of women in top business positions:

The target should be that by 2015 at least 30 percent of all supervisory board members should be women, and 40 percent by 2020 …” (source)

An odd target in a way, since English speaking countries, at least, tend not to have supervisory boards. It is also worth noting that supervisory boards have little to do with the day to day running of a business. They are an ideal target if you want to hand out favours without demanding competence.

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Another Case of Illiberal Democracy

Posted by rantingkraut on June 30, 2010

Thanks to the First Amendment, the US is the only country with non-trivial restrictions on government censorship. Ever wondered what the opposite of the First Amendment would look like? Look no further than France for a demonstration.

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The UK Budget is none of the EU’s Business

Posted by rantingkraut on June 8, 2010

The EU commission apparently plans to vet the UK’s budget before it is presented to the commons. Given that the UK is not part of the euro zone, it is not clear what the economic rationale for this measure is supposed to be. It is clear however, why such a gesture would be important to someone who ultimately wants to make the transition from a common market to a federal state.

The telegraph reports that “Mr Van Rompuy and the European Commission have tabled plans that will require all of Europe’s governments to discuss their budget plans with other EU finance ministers and officials before they [are] presented to national parliaments.” (source)

Mr Van Rompuy, by the way, was prime minister of Belgium from 2008-2009. We remember that Belgium’s public debt fell (!) to levels of around 84% of GDP when Van Rompuy was budget minister before rising again to over 90% while he was heading the government. He sure has experience of managing high levels of public debt. This leaves the wider question of whether Belgium’s political establishment is in a position to lecture Britain -or Spain for that matter- on fiscal prudence.

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Britain without the EU

Posted by rantingkraut on November 24, 2009

The Tax Payers’ Alliance’s new Book “Ten Years On – Britain Without the European Union” turns out to be a somewhat disappointing read. The book aims to describe Britain’s improving lot ten years after leaving the European Union. It is written as a retrospective comment on the developments that took shape during the ten years after an anticipated Tory election victory in 2010.

The obvious charge against the book is Read the rest of this entry »

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Good news on the DNA database?

Posted by rantingkraut on December 4, 2008

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the UK authorities violate human rights by permanently keeping DNA records of anyone the police get their hands on. This is good news on the face of it and the fact that Jackie Smith is complaining about it seems to confirm this. On the other hand, she also stated that “The existing law will remain in place while we carefully consider the judgement.”

‘Carefully considering the judgement’ probably means Read the rest of this entry »

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Barroso: UK may join Euro soon

Posted by rantingkraut on December 1, 2008

The BBC featured an article on its front page this morning -although it didn’t stay there for long- in which Barroso was quoted as saying that senior UK politicians were warming towards Euro membership. The article contained the following priceless quote:
I know that the majority in Britain are still opposed, but there is a period of consideration under way and the people who matter in Britain are currently thinking about it,” (Source)

That is one way of saying that the majority are no longer the people who matter in Britain. Barroso also Read the rest of this entry »

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Euro-Feminism: an initiative for centralised social engineering

Posted by rantingkraut on November 28, 2008

Der Spiegel, a German weekly, reports that French feminist Gisèle Halimi proposes a rule for centralised feminist legislation in the European Union. A team of researchers has worked under her direction to identify the most pro-feminist examples of legislation in a number of EU countries. Her proposal: all EU countries should be forced to adopt those laws flagged up on her feminist wish list.

Thus all countries would have to adopt Read the rest of this entry »

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EU Commissioner: Smoking Bans not Draconian Enough

Posted by rantingkraut on October 29, 2008

EU Commissioner Vladimir Špidla seems to be upset that not all member states are as draconian as the UK in implementing the smoking ban:

Smoking bans currently differ widely across the EU. While Ireland was the first EU country to make its pubs and restaurants smoke-free, puffing cigarettes is still allowed in some pubs in Germany and Belgium. And smoking is still common in both bars and restaurants in central and Eastern European countries like Hungary and Romania.” (source)

Clearly, such differences can’t be tolerated. This would be bordering on subsidiarity.

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Mark Steyn on Europe, America and the West

Posted by rantingkraut on October 27, 2008

“…the only reason why Belgium has gotten away this long with being Belgium and Sweden Sweden and Germany Germany is because America’s America. The soft comfortable cocoon in which Western Europe has dozed this past half-century is girded by cold hard American power. What happens when the last serious Western nation votes for the same soothing beguiling siren song as its enervated allies?” (Source)

HT: The Atheist Conservative

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Helmer, Hannan and the European Anthem

Posted by rantingkraut on October 19, 2008

Conservative MEPs Roger Helmer and Daniel Hannan have objected to the formal adoption of a flag and Anthem by the European Union, as these are the trappings of statehood which were originally removed from the text for the European Constitution when it was re-launched as a mere treaty.

Now, I think both MEPs missed an opportunity for constructive engagement here. The Read the rest of this entry »

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