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The European Union's Banana Peel

We have, unfortunately, a rather large section devoted to the iniquities of the European Union. Having been advised by Richard North of EUREFERENDUM > that there is no subject less likely to attract readers, we apologise to all of you who may have wandered there by mistake. In an attempt to remedy the situation, we quote Mark Steyn, who is always able to help us find some humor "in the importance of being deadly earnest":

"Why are the EU apparatchiks in Brussels (motto: 'You don't have to be bananas to work here, but it helps') so concerned to defend the curved banana against the straight banana when, on the equally vexed question of cucumber curvature, the EU instituted mandatory straightening, refusing even to recognize the crooked cuke as an approved vegetable? Why is elongation mandatory for cukes but unacceptable in bananas?

"Who knows? The EU also has a law on the kinds of apples that can be grown and the kinds of labels that have to be used on those apples if you want to sell them. Meanwhile, its laws on fishing destroyed Britain's North Sea fishing grounds. Meanwhile, it doesn't know where hundreds of millions of British pounds, German deutschmarks, French francs, and Italian lira went, because its accounting system is so poor it would never be used by any solvent small or mid-sized company." From "Queen for A Day, And the Ages" in Canada's National Post, MARK STEYN >

Remaining true to our mission, we slide gently from this scene on our banana peel, noting only that the Brits of the 18th century seemed to have a firmer grip on reality. But then again, those 18th century Brits in Britain and America were 'ordinary' men and women on farms and in coffee houses and inns, not the politicos of Britain's major parties or their mainstream media enablers.