Anyway, the gist of the post is that Friends of the Earth Europe accept large amounts of money from the EU, which they then use to... well... lobby the EU. Which is, I think that you will agree, absolutely hilarious.
But it gets better!
An email correspondant has received, not half an hour ago, the following email. [Emphasis mine.]
Dear xxxxxx xxxxxxxxxx,
We're currently promoting the Worst EU Lobbying Awards of 2007 and thought you might be interested in giving it a mention in your blog! The aim of the awards is to raise awareness of the influence corporations have on the EU. Voting for the awards (which are presented at a ceremony on Dec 4 in Brussels) is currently open until 27 November.
The awards are organised by Corporate Europe Observatory, Friends of the Earth Europe, LobbyControl and Spinwatch, and expose deceptive, manipulative and unethical lobbying. This year is included a new "Worst Greenwash" category for the company whose advertising is most at odds with the real environmental impacts of its business activities.
Easily digestible and accessible information can be found:
Main public site (for information and voting)
if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards, Oliver
Corporate Europe Observatory
De Wittenstraat 25
1052 AK Amsterdam
I think that this is fantastic, don't you...?