Today, Jon picks up on a very old story, and then makes a stupid conflation.
Red tape, regulation, burdens on British business. The number of times we hear that in the British press when complaints are made about Brussels. I was hence dumbstruck today when the tables have been turned and the reaction is still negative. See this from the Birmingham Post for example, and a very poor article from the BBC here.
For what it's worth (and without having read the Directive to see if there's a sting in the tail), I think that this is a good thing. Yes, let the market decide how large a loaf should be. In practice, I suspect that nothing much will change, as baker's are hardly going to go out and buy lots of new equipment, but I could be wrong.
16 MPs in Westminster do not like this as they fear it will end the British tradition of baking bread in certain sizes. What a load of rubbish! If the consumers want a traditonal loaf, I’m sure the market will be able to provide that. If people want smaller or larger loaves, then those will be available too.
Quite right, Jon; let the consumer decide. If only that held true for every other aspect of the EU, eh? Jon was doing so well though, and then...
We really cannot have our bread and eat it—complain about over-regulation all the time, and then also grumble further when the EU de-regulates!
Er... Jon, who is "we"? Businesses complain about red tape—of which there is an awful lot that emanates from the EU (and is then gold-plated by our fuckwit, interfering mandarins. But that's an argument for another time)—because they have to bear the cost of adhering to it; it damages their businesses.
That sixteen MPs, who have probably never run a business—in fact, probably never been employed by a business, given the political careerist nature of the bastards these days—complain about these regulations does not mean that business is complaining.
And I'm afraid that conflating the two—even if it does give Jon the chance to indulge in a little wordplay. Chortle—is being just slightly dishonest.
Oh, as an addendum, Jon is utterly against referenda on principle. What a surprise that a supporter of the EU should take a principled stand against direct democracy.
* Yes, yes, I know it's childish, but I had to do it. A bit like Jon's bread/cake jibe, really.