Tuesday, April 22, 2008

How democracy works

Dan Hannan reports on the European Parliament session at which the MEPs vote through the budgets for the various departments, QUANGOs and other agencies that the EU runs. There was, it seems, an interesting moment...
Towards the end of the session, as we were voting to approve something called the GNSS Supervisory Authority, my colleague Chris Heaton-Harris stood up and asked whether there was a single MEP present who knew what the GNSS was. There was an awkward silence. The Deputy Speaker, a genial Spaniard called Alejo Vidal-Quadras, told Chris that, by the end of the day, everyone would have looked it up.

So that's all right then, eh?

Fucking hellski...

5 comments:

lettersfromatory said...

Ha, what a stroke of genius.

Budgie said...

GNSS stands for Gordon's Nose Snot Suppository.

God! didn't you know that?

George said...

No, no, its worse than that, its the Global Navigation Satellite System. I'd be more inclined to spend my taxes on Gordo's snot - at least there'd be something to show for it.

Budgie said...

You mean little green men?

Trixy said...

The staff would know about it and I would be angry with MEPs that I'd just given a briefing to if they hadn't been paying attention.