4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 26, 2012 8:44 AM by arkwright RSS

European Union

arkwright Platinum 2 Reviews
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Erc, Jerry C, ProfC and many others,

 

First, I hope you all have a very enjoyable Thanksgiving celebration...........................

 

 

And to get you in the right mood, a short example of the type of dry humour I relish.

 

From yesterday's Financial Times:

 

"Advocates of a bigger EU budget have adapted their arguments to the circumstances. Jose Manuel Barroso, European Commission president, claims the budget is no longer a butter mountain, or wine lake, but a 'catylyst for growth.'

 

To which one sceptical diplomat replied: ' Only if you're a cow'."

 

Enjoy yourselves,

 

A

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  • Re: European Union
    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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    arkwright,

     

    That is too funny!

     

    Thanks for the kind comment about Thanksgiving!  Will have a wonderful day and wish you the same!

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    erc Platinum
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    Good stuff ark, and we thought we Americans held the monopoly on budgeting shenigans. Corralling those 27 member states requires a true cat wrangler. Best wishes to your countryman, Mr. Cameron. But oh well, RG III has lead my Washington Redskins to a fabulous victory over the arch-rival Dallas Cowboys in what us colonialists call football, so Angela and her group aren't on the radar today - instead, I head out to Home Depot for my only Black Friday shopping event, the annual purchase of 99 cent poinsettias! Have a nice holiday season, and keep sending that European flavor our way.

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      arkwright Platinum 2 Reviews
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      Erc and others,

       

      I trust you had a very good celebration - and a successful Black Friday.

       

      "European flavour" - interestingly, some of the issues here are very similar to those on your side of the Atlantic. For example, size/cost of government and levels of taxation and government spending. Here the two issues comes together in one incendiary word - "Brussels": the HQ of the European Commission ( a body that is unelected, but wields great  level of day-to-day power  ) is seen by most of the "western" members to be too large, too expensive, too ineffective and generally self-serving. Heard those before? The problem - "eastern" members - all recent entrants, with high budget deficits, tend to think precisely the opposite.

       

      In 2012, "austerity" and a fear of  "relative economic/political"decline tends to make these issues more inflammatory. And it is far from clear that a return to conditions of stable economic growth (if this ever occurs) would lead to a return to "consensus" politics. Again, perhaps a parallel with yourselves.

       

      The UK's position is perhaps the most complex - (not just because "I would say that, wouldn't?"). All of the historic and cultural legacy assumes a sharper, more divisive relief at a time when (a) it seems further and further away; (b) the UK itself is facing the possibility of political break-up; (c) the power of its strongest economic asset - the City - is seen to be under threat from competitors in Europe and bureaucrats in Brussels; and (d) the French, Germans, Italians and Spanish have much better soccer teams than ours! Now that is a problem than you don't have - at the moment.

       

      None of this has much relevance to the travel issues that are, I believe, intended to be the staple diet of this site. Andy: my apologies in advance. So, in conclusion, a personal answer to two of the question that might most concern the potential visitor: No - the UK will not join the eurozone in its present form; No: UK will not break away from the EU, but the issue will continue to convulse the UK political debate for at least the next five years, Yes - London will remain one of the 5 most expensive cities in Europe - even without the Olympics.

       

      Have a good week,

       

      A

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    gm1 Gold 1 Reviews
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    Arkwright

     

    Excellent!  I can now start my day with a smile..

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