Wednesday, November 15, 2006

An EU and environmental bollocks roundup

First, Iain Dale has, essentially, followed the money as far as the Draft Audio Visual Services Directive is concerned, as guess what he found?
So it was with some astonishment that I learned from one of my correspondents that the Chief Rapporteur of the Culture Committee on this Directive is German MEP Ruth Hieronymi. The reason I'm surprised? Since 1991 she has sat of the Board of WDR (West Deutsche Rundfunk), one of the most powerful terrestrial broadcasters in Germany. In this country that sort of thing would be called a Conflict of Interest. After all, who stands to gain from the regulation of internet TV? Why, powerful terrestrial broadcasters like WDR, naturally! I'm sure Frau Hieronymi declared her interest (for which, according to Eurpopean Parliament records she does not get paid) but she should not be the Chief Rapporteur in an area where such a clear conflict of interest can be alleged.

Well, quite, but then that's pretty much business as usual for the EU, isn't it? After all, the whole edifice is build around protecting the vested interests of the industries in various countries, so why they'd make an exception for Internet TV is difficult to see. As I've said before, Iain, you can join UKIP here...

Syed Kamal MEP writes about that Directive over at ConservativeHome.
To the mind of the European law makers & regulators, it is dangerous for viewers if they watch too many programmes that were not made in Europe. It is even more dangerous if film and programme makers seek alternative revenue streams by allowing product placement. It is OK if the programme comes from America, because you expect that sort of thing from them but not if it's made in Europe! And as for advertising to children, that exposes them far too dangerously to adult activities like shopping.

Yes, because shopping is eeeevil. One point though...
Having failed to understand the impact of YouTube on the viewing habits of young people, many MEPs were only alerted to the fact that it even existed when Google bought it for a cool £1.6 billion.

Er, not quite. Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion, which is roughly £880 million (at the time). Don't these people have editors? Probably not, actually.

By the way, Scots visitors to ConservativeHome might like to notice that, although there is a London Mayor blog on the left sidebar, there seems to be nothing that mentions the Scottish Tories. Which shows very eloquently how relevent they are right now (and, of course, how London-centric everything else about the Tories is).

Next up, England Expects, firing broadsides from Brussels, has been observing the forlorn figure of our Europe Minister just hanging about doing nothing very much.
Geoff Hoon the rather pointless fellow that presumes to represent us in Europe was wandering round the Strasburg Parliament in small circles yesterday. Every few seconds he looked at his Blackberry, obviously desperate that his spad, por somebody wanted tro get hold of him. They didn't. A veteran hack, one Jim Gibbons who remembered him as an MEP, seeing his lack of stuff to do, hailed him,
"Geoff, what are you doing?"
Hoon's response was priceless,
"Absolutely nothing, just being here".

It says it all really. Although, of course, Elaib's further comment does warrant some attention.
On another point, something he did reveal to one MEP is that the FO is drawing up an official contribution to the Future of Europe debate (ie what to do about the European Constitution), that we expect to be published before Christmas. The general tone of the dociument appears to be get everything done that doesn't need an IGC (Intergovernmental Conference) and then put together a slim version of the Constitution that can be passed through Parliament, after all it is so unimportant that no referendum would be required.

The British government's position would be followed first by Sarkozy, then by Merkle in the run up to the big shindig they are planning 25th March in Berlin to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

You see, I don't know why the EU advised the Poles not to have a referendum; after all, even if the people do give the wrong answer, you can just go ahead with what you were going to do anyway. Just don't tell the French and the Dutch people, OK?

Elaib has also seen a wonderful new childrens' book—which he asserts is obviously the Tories' Environmental Manifesto—that aims to help prevent global warming through the power of education. Would you like to see some samples of this great piece of literature, children? You would, wouldn't you? I thought you would...

Fire! Page 10
Fire! Page 11
Fire! Page 12


Wow! Is it as simple as that? All those greehouse gases are doing this? I thought that I had already written about how that was total horseshit? Oh, wait, I did. Never mind, let's plough on, eh?

And just in case you were ever against the hunting ban, you'll rescind your views having seen Lila the fox's scabby cubs rescued from the fire by the suicidal fireman (if he had been in Glasgow, he would have been too busy dodging missiles to go and rescue a family of vermin).

Fire! Page 19
Fire! Page 20
Fire! Page 21


Well, fuck me, I'm going to turn my DVD player off right now if Penfold's younger brother is going to give me a medal! I mean, how could I possibly resist? Why not download the whole story [PDF]? I swear that it's really very much worth it. I haven't laughed so much since I pushed that old lady into the cement mixer...

And finally, whilst not strictly EU, this letter from Neil Craig to The Scotsman is as good and pithy a response as any...
More important than the opinions of the "great & good", more important even than the opinions of scientists, are the facts & it is a fact that since 1999 the world has not got warmer, that it is not now warmer than in the Medieval warming period & cooler than in the Late Roman, that sea levels are still only increasing at about 0.6mm a year as they have since the last ice age, that Antarctic ice is increasing & that the Hockey Stick theory of a sudden sharp increase has been shown to be mathematically flawed in that whatever figures are fed in out pops the same prediction, That it took an independent sceptical researcher to actually check the maths after the IPCC had been using it for years is not indicative of "scientific illiteracy" being on the sceptical side.

Finally the Canon concludes with a plea that even if warming can't be proved we should take drastic action on the "precautionary principle". Of course under this same principle we should be currently forced to take equally drastic action to protect us from global cooling which used to be the "environmentalist's" bête noire. To be fair, this would not be as impossible as it sounds since their patent remedy for an ice age was ending air flights, pollution & modern technology generally - exactly the same as their remedy for warming.

Do go and read the whole thing; it's very well written and straight to the point.

Whilst I, for one, welcome our corrupt and ignorant overlords. I'd like to remind them that as a trusted(ish) blogging personality, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their overground potato fields...

4 comments:

james higham said...

I've only just finished cleaning up the mess after Mr. E and now you post this story book and it's happened all over again.

Anonymous said...

Re Scottish Tories: does the SNP have a London office, then?

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Anonymous said...

At least there is a Scottish Tories to speak of... England makes do with the 'British' Conservatives and has no separate logo etc.

Iain won't join UKIP because their image is currently too poor.

chris said...

I think that that book is missing a page. The one where the (very large) fox to reverts to it's wild nature and rips the heads of the fire men and the politician who is too busy groping the photographer to notice the screams. It then settles down with it's cubs (and the kid) to eat the remains while figuring out where else to torch in order to attract such easy prey. Or at least that is how it should have ended.