Thursday, March 06, 2003

A few bizarre Europhobe rumours from that pamphlet. The great thing is how most of them are so damn petty and patently ridiculous, and would hardly make any difference to the so-called British way of life even if they were implemented:

20) Brussels bureaucrats are going to introduce a standard Euro-condom of insufficient size to house British assets

25) Brussels tried to torpedo "lethal" PVC bathtime ducks

31) Brussels plans to harmonise size of coffins

32) Brussels has banned English Oaks

34) British seesaws are banned by EU bureaucrats for breaching European Union safety regulations

38) MEPs discriminate against ferrets

62) Local sweet shops will be forced to close due to Brussels regulations banning them from selling unwrapped sweets

64) Eurocrats to ban English apples over 55mm across

65) Curved bananas are to be banned - the infamous one, and a load of bollocks

67) Brandy butter is to be renamed "brandy spreadable fat"

73) Information about nuts must now be put in Latin instead of English

74) Cucumbers will be banned by Brussels unless they are straight and must not arch more than 10mm for every 10mm of their length

76) Square gin bottles are to be compulsorily replaced by round bottles to ensure a level playing field under the single market

79) Traditional pizza sizes in inches are to be outlawed

83) Brussels plans banning mushy peas

88) Brussels bureaucrats want to ban British milk bottles

97) The European Court of Justice has ruled that it is illegal to criticise the European Union

99) EU plans to criminalise journalists

132) British lollipop ladies are having to bow to Brussels' relentless drive for harmonisation by getting new harmonised sign designs

173) Britain never chose to be in Europe, it was imposed on us - utter nonsense - excellent!

181) America is worried that the European Rapid Reaction Force will undermine NATO - America worried about undermining NATO? Ha!

It's interesting stuff, this Europe business. There's a hell of a lot of information out there - it's going to take a fair while to wade through it all. I'll try and stick it out for the long-haul, if only so I've got loads of facts and figures to chuck at people who make stupid claims like those above...

Wednesday, March 05, 2003

This is interesting. (Note: if you download it it might be necessary to change the filetype to .pdf to open it, and you'll need a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it).

Its impressive claim is to debunk 201 Eurosceptic myths. They're not always very effectively disproved as it's trying to do it too rapidly and the footnotes are often fairly vague, but worth a flick through nonetheless.

However, a few here bother me, as my old Euroscepticism surfaces again. For example, number 16 is the myth that decimalisation was forced on Britain by Europe. The response is that the Decimal Currency Act was passed in 1969, before we joined the EEC, and before the Heath government that took us in came to power. But what about the 1961 application to sign the Treaty of Rome by the Macmillan government? This initiated a decade of attempts to get closer to Europe as the realisation slowly dawned that, post-Suez, Britain was no longer the power she once was. I'm pretty certain it could be argued quite effectively that decimalisation was at least partially an attempt to curry favour with Europe in preparation for future applications for membership. Similar arguments appear for numer 18, about metric measures, which were introduced with the 1963 Weights and Measures Act - again after Britain's first application for membership.

If we're going to argue against anti-European myths we really ought to do it without leaving any openings for counter-arguments. I may add more about things from this document later - have a flick through though, it's quite funny to see some of the things that have been claimed about the EU's meddling ways...

This blog will contain the musings of a one-time Eurosceptic turned pro-European. Turned largely by the inanity of the innumerable Eurosceptic rantings. However, there will be few cases of rampant Europhilia - the zeal of the convert has not overwhelmed me. The arguments will be mostly balanced, and stupid claims from both sides will be equally vilified.

It all started here, with a particularly irritating article by Peter Oborne, a product of the same educational institution that tried to imbue a sense of moral superiority into me over the course of five years. In this article, published in The Spectator back in July 2002, Oborne's raving Euroscepticism finally convinced me I no longer wanted to be considered guilty by association.

Looking at the article again now, after a few months, I can't quite see exactly what it was that irritated me so much about it. Perhaps it's because the Referendum has been pushed back after all, and no catastrophic implosion of the "Yes" campaign has taken place, as Oborne predicted. I think it was probably the attempt at arguing that the "No" campaign is so well thought out and has no links with the Tories that really did it for me. It's so blatantly only a half-truth. An attempt at making the whole thing seem more respectable by a Conservative apologist. (For the record, I've never voted Labour, voted Tory once for reasons too boring to explain, voted for the Greens and Red Ken in the London Mayoral elections, and voted Lib Dem at the last General Election - I have no real party affiliations).

Either way, Oborne's article pushed me much further into the European camp than I had previously been, although for the previous few years I had been drifting in that direction. A Eurosceptic's attempts to suggest (to the largely sympathetic audience of The Spectator) that the opposition was about to experience a catastrophic collapse managed to convert someone who, a few years previously, would have been entirely sympathetic to his viewpoint.

This all started to convince me that it might be an interesting exercise to explore both camps more fully, and examine some of their claims and more zealous rhetoric in more detail. The trouble is, I'm a bit lazy, was too busy, and then kept getting distracted by computer games, books, comics and timewasting websites. But now I’ve started I’ll try and give it a go.

About this blog

This blog is primarily devoted to international relations from an Anglo-European perspective.

Other than that, do not leap to conclusions. That's all I ask.

September 2005 addition: This section is probably due for an update, but it mostly still stands. I'll get round to it when I have a spare moment. For now, this post gives a brief overview of the development of the place, and may be of interest.

The EU:

Yes, I know the strapline to this blog blathers on about "The musings of a non-partisan one-time Eurosceptic turned pro-European". This does not mean that I am an unthinking, uncritical loyalist drone of the Brussels machine. It does not mean that I cannot see that the European Union has major flaws.

I have retained a number of my Eurosceptic views; I have just come to the conclusion that the EU will be Britain's best bet in the long run. (Please note, this doesn't necessarily mean the EU in its current form, current aims, or current structures - and no, I am not a "federalist" in the way it is generally understood).

Feel free to disagree. Feel free to try to convince me otherwise. But - and no offence here, mind - it is unlikely you will succeed. I grew up in a staunchly and vocally Eurosceptic family. I bought the whole anti-EU case for years. I know it inside out.

I have also known - very well - one of this country's leading Eurosceptic voices (someone you will almost certainly have read and agreed with if you are strongly anti-EU) for my entire life. If anyone is going to convert me back, it will likely be him, not you. He hasn't succeeded yet.

I changed my mind. It may change back, it may not. Having changed it once, I am not arrogant enough to assume that I now have all the answers.

Political Stance:

Only one of the contributors to this blog is a member of a political party, and we all take the piss out of them for it permanantly. The rest of us are fairly vehemently nonpartisan. I, for one, despise the very concept of the party system of government, and wish it could be abolished without causing abject chaos.

This blog has usually been accused of being left-wing. Most of the contributors would describe themselves as liberals - but in the British, not American sense of the word. I would describe myself as a liberal internationalist one nation Tory royalist European with a hint of Whig and Benthamite utilitarian. (I'm a pretentious arse like that).

Things to remember are that we're all changing our minds on all the various issues all the time, and that many of the posts on here are written either for rhetorical/stylistic effect (we are all professional writers, after all, and like to experiment with ideas) or to work out our own views on particular matters. No post - in isolation - will provide you adequate information to work out our political views on all issues.

For Americans:

None of the contributors to this blog likes President Bush. At all. That does not, however, mean we don't like America. Accusations of America-bashing on here will be given short shrift - because it's lazy and it's tedious, and because we aren't really that interested. Bush is President, we have to live with it, that's fine.

And for all those who seem to care, here - for the record - is Nosemonkey's stance on Iraq:

Meh... What's done is done. That doesn't make it right, but nor does it mean that I care enough to enter into debate about it.

Blog History

This blog was started on 5th March 2003 in a spare moment, then languished for a year or so, then languished some more. I started contributing to it properly at the end of August 2004.

September 2005 addition: This section is probably due for an update, but it mostly still stands. I'll get round to it when I have a spare moment. For now, this post gives a brief overview of the development of the place, and may be of interest.

Initial Blog Purpose:

I initially set it up to help prompt some actual brain usage after a period of particularly unstimulating jobs, during a time when I was planning on doing a PhD and so regular brain usage was somewhat necessary to prevent what little academic power I had from stagnating.

I had no idea what might provide enough mental strain to counter my otherwise mindless existence, so opted for the most insanely complex thing I was aware of - the European Union.

The subject might well explain why I gave up so quickly... The EU is, it must be said, mind-numbingly dull.

Blog Revival:

After a couple of attempted revivals in April and May 2004, I decided to start the blog up on a whim while in a quiet period at work, loosely thanks to a few chats with Manic of Bloggerheads on the b3ta messageboards, where I was then spending far too much time. I wanted to look busy while sitting at my desk, remembered I'd started the thing up, found the password, and just started typing one day. This post explains a bit more.

So far, I've kept it up fairly successfully, and am rather pleased at%20my committement to the thing - even though it's a complete waste of time.

Since the Revival:

It’s been doing fairly well. A couple of award nominations (and a respectable showing in the voting), some nice words from other bloggers, and a steadily growing readership. Nothing spectacular, but respectable.

If you are so inclined, you can find out who links to this blog here, here or here. None of these are comprehensive, but they’ll give you an idea, and may lead you to some good blogs.

Comments policy

Feel free to question anything on here – I usually (time permitting) welcome a bit of a challenge, as the whole point of this thing is to test the few opinions I do have and to prompt me to form opinions about those areas I haven’t yet considered. (Don’t always expect a response, however - I have a stupidly bad memory, and often forget.)

Generally speaking, no comments will be deleted unless I get official complaints or they're spam.

The comments section to this post attracted a rather odious BNP supporter. I indulged him for a while until I got bored. He wasn’t deleted, because he was on topic. Sort of.

This should be ample proof that I couldn't care less if you disagree with either my actual opinions or what you believe to be my views, and will usually let you state what you think in the comments even if I disagree with you utterly and find your views offensive.

I do, however, tend to get a bit pissed off if you start attacking me for things I haven't said, or go off on a tangent to the post in which you are commenting to try and get a response on some other issue. I may even start swearing at you. Childish, I know - but it's my blog and I'll do what I cunting want with it.

Repeated off-topic postings and unrelated rants about my views (actual or perceived) on other subjects may be subject to deletion – partially to tidy the place up, but largely because these things bore me.

If you want to challenge me on a particular topic or a particular opinion you think I may hold, wait until I post about it. If you’re really keen, email me and ask me to post about it so that we can have an argument. I may indulge you - I like to try and keep readers involved, and generally try to take part in discussions in the comments boxes once they kick off.

Main request?

Be civil. Especially if it’s your first post, be polite – otherwise you’ll probably end up being told to fuck off and then ignored.

In any case, if you have the desire to be rude to me after reading one post, it's almost certain that you've either missed the point or haven't quite grasped the concept that just because the majority of the internet is filled with abusive morons doesn't mean it ALL has to be.

But mainly - check out some of the rest of the blog before leaping to conclusions. Cheers.

Saturday, March 01, 2003

EU Resources

A collection of useful resources, which I plan to keep expanding - let me know if you've found any I'm missing:

Main Official websites

  • Europa portal
  • Europa search
  • European Commission
  • European Parliament
  • Council of Ministers

  • Other EU linkdumps
  • A-Z Index of EU links
  • EurActiv policy news and links
  • European Commission in the UK near-comprehensive EU links portal
  • EU statistics
  • Keele University EU resources
  • University of Exeter European information page
  • University of California Berkeley EU links page
  • University of Pittsburgh Archive of EU Integration

  • Useful resources
  • Euromyths A-Z
  • House of Commons European Scrutiny Select Committee Reports

  • BBC EU Jargon Glossary
  • Acquis Communautaire
  • Amsterdam Treaty
  • Charter of Fundamental Rights
  • Closer Co-operation
  • Common Agricultural Policy
  • Convergence Criteria
  • Council of Europe
  • Council of Ministers
  • Ecosoc
  • Ecu
  • EMU
  • Enlargement
  • ERM
  • Euro
  • European Central Bank
  • European Council
  • European Court of Auditors
  • European Court of Human Rights
  • European Court of Justice
  • European Commission
  • European Parliament
  • European Union
  • IGC
  • Maastrict Treaty
  • Paris Treaty
  • Presidency
  • Qualified Majority Voting
  • Rapid Reaction Force
  • Schengen Agreement
  • Single Market
  • Social Europe
  • Treaty of Rome
  • Unanimity
  • Veto
  • Voting Rights

    Organisations Examined/Explained
  • BBC - EU Institutions page
  • European Union
  • Member States
  • European Parliament
  • What the European Parliament Does
  • European Commission
  • Council of Ministers
  • European Council
  • Council of Europe
  • European Court of Justice
  • European Court of Auditors
  • European Court of Auditors Website
  • European Court of Human Rights
  • European Central Bank
  • European Central Bank website
  • European Economic Area
  • European Free Trade Association

  • Terminology Examined/Explained
  • EU Directive
  • EU Regulation
  • EU Recommendation
  • EU Decision
  • Codecision procedure
  • Consultation procedure
  • Co-operation procedure
  • Assent Procedure

  • Issues Examined/Explained
  • EU Law
  • EU Economy
  • The Euro
  • Treaty of Rome
  • Maastricht Treaty
  • Treaty of Amsterdam
  • Treaty of Nice
  • Lisbon Strategy
  • Lisbon Strategy (detailed)
  • Common Agricultural Policy
  • CAP Reform 2004-2010
  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union
  • EU Enlargement
  • Democracy and Accountability and the Role of National Parliaments
  • Euroscepticism
  • Europhilia

  • EU Constitution
  • Europa - EU constitution
  • Key Constitutional Changes
  • EU Constitution handy hyperlinked version
  • Wikipedia - EU constitutional treaty
  • "Reader friendly" version from Eurosceptic site "EUABC"
  • University of Zaragoza's EU Constitution history site
  • EU Constitution Glossary
  • Pro-EU European Policy Centre Constitution pages
  • A selection of articles and opinions on the constitution
  • The Eu constitution - where member states stand

  • The EU acquis.

    (The laws and rules adopted on the basis of the EU's founding treaties - mostly Rome, Maastricht , Amsterdam and Nice)
  • Chapter 1: Free Movement of Goods
  • Chapter 2: Free Movement for Persons
  • Chapter 3: Freedom to Provide Services
  • Chapter 4: Free Movement of Capital
  • Chapter 5: Company Law
  • Chapter 6: Competition Policy
  • Chapter 7: Agriculture
  • Chapter 8: Fisheries
  • Chapter 9: Transport Policy
  • Chapter 10: Taxation
  • Chapter 11: EMU
  • Chapter 12: Statistics
  • Chapter 13: Employment & Social Policy
  • Chapter 14: Energy
  • Chapter 15: Industrial Policy
  • Chapter 16: SMEs
  • Chapter 17: Science and Research
  • Chapter 18: Education and Training
  • Chapter 19: Telecommunications and IT
  • Chapter 20: Culture and Audiovisual Policy
  • Chapter 21: Regional Policy and Co-ordination
  • Chapter 22: Environment
  • Chapter 23: Consumers and Health Protection
  • Chapter 24: Justice and Home Affairs
  • Chapter 25: Customs Union
  • Chapter 26: External Relations
  • Chapter 27: Common Foreign and Security Policy
  • Chapter 28: Financial Control
  • Chapter 29: Finance and Budgetary Provisions
  • Chapter 30: Institutions
  • Chapter 31: Other

  • EU Agencies
  • Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO)
    - Administers plant variety rights, a specific form of industrial property rights relating to new plant varieties, across the EU
  • European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products (EMEA)
    - Coordinates the scientific resources of the EU states to ensure a high level of evaluation of medicines in Europe
  • European Agency for Health and Safety at Work (EU-OSHA)
    - Promotes safety and health in the workplace, runs a network of Health and Safety websites, and publishes specialist information on Health and Safety issues
  • European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
    - Acts as a monitoring and advisory body on aviation safety standards across the EU
  • European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)
    - A reference centre for vocational education and training, providing information on and analysis of vocational education and training systems, policies, research and practice
  • European Police College (CEPOL)
    - Aimed at increasing cooperation between European police forces in fighting crime, preventing delinquency and maintaining law and order
  • European Committee of the Regions
    - A representative assembly with the job of giving local and regional authorities a voice at the heart of the European Union. Its members are drawn from municipal and regional authorities in the member states. Gives opinions but does not have any formal powers
  • European Environment Agency (EEA)
    - Promotes sustainable development and provides information on environmental issues to policy makers and the public
  • European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
    - Provides independent scientific advice on food safety issues for producers and consumers
  • European Foundation for the Improvement of Living And Working Conditions (Dublin Foundation)
    - Provides guidance and advice to social policy makers on living and working conditions
  • European Institute for Security Studies (EUISS)
    - Researches and monitors major security and defence issues, and promotes dialogue on all security issues between the EU and the United States and Canada
  • European Investment Bank (EIB)
    - The EU's financing institution. Contributes towards integration, balanced development and economic and social cohesion of member Countries. Also raises funds to help finance capital projects
  • European Investment Fund
    - An offshoot of the European Investment Bank EIB) jointly owned by the EIB, the European Commission and 28 European banks and financial institutions. The Fund is the EIB's specialised financial institution, responsible for looking after portfolio guarantees and venture capital
  • Eurojust
    - Works to enhance co-operation and co-ordination between national investigation and prosecution authorities on matters of organised crime
  • European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)
    - Provides technical and scientific advice to the EU Commission on safety at sea and the prevention of pollution by ships and monitors the development and implementation of new maritime legislation
  • European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)
    - Collects and disseminates information on drugs and drug addiction in Europe
  • European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC)
    - Provides information on racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism, and advises on action to combat such phenomena. Also recommends good practice regarding the integration of migrants and ethnic and religious minority groups
  • European Ombudsman
    - Deals with complaints of maladministration by EU institutions from EU citizens
  • European Satellite Centre (EUSC)
    - Processes information from satellite imagery in support of the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)
  • European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
    - An advisory/consultative body to the Commission, Council and Parliament on relations with employers' organisations, trade unions, farmers, consumer groups and professional associations. The only way for these interest groups to have a formal say on draft EU legislation
  • European Training Foundation (ETF)
    - A centre of expertise for the development of training and skills in the EU
  • Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM)
    - Manages and provides information on trade mark regulations across the EU
  • Translation Centre for Bodies in the European Union
    - Coordinates translation services for the other EU agencies
  • Testimonials/Citations

    Blog/Nosemonkey News

    Jan 06

  • An easy space-filling meme
  • Nosemonkey in the Times Literary Supplement
  • europhobit - Happy New Year and stuff

  • Dec 05
  • Christmas was acceptable
  • europhobit - Quoted in The Guardian again
  • If you haven't got anything worth saying, etc...
  • europhobit - light blogging rather likely
  • Vote for me!

  • Nov 05
  • europhobit - A quick HTML/CSS/Blogger question
  • europhobit - You're searching for WHAT now?
  • europhobit - Archives updated
  • An announcement about which few people will care
  • Japan photoblogging

  • Oct 05
  • europhobit - some nice person wrote something nice
  • It's true and stuff
  • europhobit - "Backlinks"
  • europhobit - Nosemonkey swears too much
  • Logo sorted
  • Looks different, eh?

  • Sept 05
  • Europhobia's new look preview excitement!
  • This blog is fucked
  • Fucking FINALLY!
  • europhobit - Hmmm... Booze, you say?
  • europhobit - Note to anyone who cares
  • europhobit - Bridge-blogging
  • Morning warning
  • Hmmm... Weblog awards you say?

  • Aug 05
  • A year of geekery
  • Back
  • Quick missive from the colonies
  • UK Blog stuff - of interest to fellow bloggers only, no doubt

  • Jul 05
  • Reader vote excitement!

  • Jun 05
  • Introducing the "europhobit"
  • Minor admin thing

  • May 05
  • Woo! Fancy new site logo thingie and stuff!

  • Mar 05
  • Vote for me update!
  • Message to The Guardian - time for one of your famous Corrections and Clarifications...
  • Meh...
  • Egotistical nonsense
  • Rupert Murdoch wants you to work for him for free
  • No one cares

  • Feb 05
  • Blog housekeeping
  • European Weblog Awards - the results

  • Jan 05
  • Votes please!
  • Ladies and gentlemen we have been experiencing technical difficulties
  • Vote for me (again)
  • Comments policy
  • Boost my ego

  • Dec 04
  • Trackback enabled
  • A note on the blogroll, if anyone cares
  • Third. That's not so bad...
  • Redesign

  • Nov 04
  • Like this blog?

  • Oct 04
  • Another new writer

  • Aug 04
  • New Writers!
  • I’ve been rather busy

  • Mar 04
  • This blog will contain the musings of a one-time Eurosceptic turned pro-European
  • Misc

    Jan 06

  • europhobit - top work!
  • europhobit - Man in "boasting about sexual prowess" shocker!
  • europhobit - Something to cheer you up
  • europhobit - a review I haven't read of a book I haven't read
  • Two things to turn you illiberal
  • europhobit - The Observer blog

  • Dec 05
  • Tube workers in bunch of slack bastard cunts non shocker!
  • europhobit - Chomsky
  • The new blogs roundup is here
  • europhobit - Second European Weblog Awards
  • europhobit - Be nice to the new boy...
  • Polly Toynbee: moronic arse (part 5,687)

  • Nov 05
  • Calling new(ish) political bloggers
  • europhobit - Another critical examination of the British political blogosphere
  • Nosemonkey elsewhere - UK Blogging: Cliques and Changes
  • Britblog roundup 41
  • That book again
  • europhobit - Hero of the day
  • europhobit - The week in preview
  • Britblog roundup 40
  • europhobit - The Times on blogging
  • Reporters Sans Frontières in an Alannis Morissette moment
  • europhobit - Rafael Behr's back
  • europhobit - Strangely Rouge
  • europhobit - The Guardian on blogging
  • europhobit - War memorials

  • Oct 05
  • Well that was odd - I just got mugged, I think
  • Aaaaaaw!
  • europhobit - don't panic over Bird Flu
  • Yaaaaaaaaay! We're all going to die!
  • Christ I'm busy - linkdump
  • Bloggers are wankers
  • Best. Idea. EVER.
  • europhobit - Tim Ireland needs you
  • Nosemonkey elsewhere: Six Degrees #1
  • It's goodbye from me and it's goodbye from him

  • Sept 05
  • For shame!
  • The Rant at The Sharpener
  • Britblog Roundup 32
  • Something stupidly good for the weekend
  • europhobit - Biased BBC
  • europhobit - soj is great
  • The new-look Guardian
  • europhobit - Britblog roundup
  • The lost art of boozing
  • europhobit - Britblog roundup time

  • Aug 05
  • europhobit - Britblog Roundup 28
  • The one, the only - Hitler kitten!
  • europhobit - Headline of the day
  • europhobit - Got m4d w3b 5k177z?
  • europhobit - What Would Juvenal Do?

  • Jul 05
  • europhobit - Britblog Roundup 24
  • Today, I shall mostly be mourning the end of an era
  • Sunday Reading
  • europhobit - The Proms
  • europhobit - Peak Oil

  • Jun 05
  • europhobit - the dangers of blogging
  • UK blogging: the risks and the way forward
  • Lazy Sunday evening post-working holiday book blogging post
  • Right, that's it. Too hot.
  • europhobit - BBC "institutionalised leftism"
  • Blogger Book Group: Foucault's Pendulum
  • I love Summer
  • An utterly unrelated geek post
  • Manic's got competition

  • May 05
  • Something to cause mirth in the aftermath
  • A potentially pretentious pondering - perhaps propitious, perhaps palmary, possibly pertinent to peruse
  • A quick plea for help
  • A bit of nice reading
  • A lazy weekend, can't be arsed kind of post

  • Apr 05
  • RIP Sir John Mills
  • Frank Gardner
  • Side project self-promotion
  • Books etc.

  • Mar 05
  • The more time people spend online, the more interested in politics they become

  • Feb 05
  • Some Sunday reading
  • Congratulations Charles and Camilla

  • Jan 05
  • How to read a blog
  • Russia, Europe, Bush - some weekend reading

  • Dec 04
  • Some weekend reading
  • More political blogs than you can shake a stick at
  • The Future of News?
  • Maggie the Movie

  • Nov 04
  • Female ethnic minority politicians
  • They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

  • Oct 04
  • The Death of Conrad Russell
  • ”One of the major figures of intellectual life of our time”
  • How valuable is your MP?

  • Sept 04
  • Like political stuff?
  • Amidst all the excitement of Boris
  • All quiet on the western front
  • A nice hi-res map of the Roman Empire
  • The War Against Terror

    Jan 06

  • europhobit - Afghanistan
  • "History if written by the victor"
  • EU states "collaborated" with the CIA - offical
  • europhobit - 7/7 Anniversary Memorial Service
  • europhobit - MI5 agents and Greek torture
  • Quick UK/Uzbek torture roundup

  • Dec 05
  • UK government torture deception update
  • More on the British government and Uzbekistan torture
  • europhobit - Public enquiries
  • Metropolitan Police terrorism questionnaire
  • Operation Firedump

  • Nov 05
  • europhobit - Met chief to face Menezes probe
  • That memo nonsense
  • europhobit - Note to the Metropolitan Police
  • europhobit - You really ought to watch this
  • europhobit - Read. Agree. Consider yourself lucky.
  • The terrorism debate
  • The terrorism debate

  • Oct 05
  • europhobit - enter, stage right, accusations of giving in to terror
  • Showtrials are so damn predictable
  • europhobit - "Iraq has achieved in 14 months what it has taken this country several centuries to achieve"

  • Sept 05
  • europhobit - "incident" at Manchester Airport
  • A sensible response to terrorism - yes, really!
  • europhobit - this is fucking cool!
  • Is Jack Straw justifying terrorism?

  • Aug 05
  • europhobit - Reuters cameraman ordered held in Abu Ghraib
  • Depression
  • Nothing changes, I see
  • europhobit - Is the government making laws that it doesn't need to make in a vain effort to look like it's doing something when it doesn't know what can be done?
  • Yvonne Ridley: traitor or just a silly bint?
  • europhobit - Another group to be added to the "potential terrorists to be scared of" list
  • europhobit - Afghanistan elections relying on Canadian ink and donkeys
  • europhobit - Is this true?
  • europhobit - Time to start being suspicious of Chinese people on the tube/bus
  • Tony versus Terrorism
  • europhobit - I knew there was a reason I didn't sign that "Unite against Terror" thing...
  • europhobit - Terrorism: It's the sodding Welsh!
  • europhobit - Compassion and understanding
  • europhobit - My considered legal opinion
  • The press: scaremongering knobfloggers
  • europhobit - A fisking
  • europhobit - The Media and Terrorism

  • Jul 05
  • 92
  • europhobit - Pssst! There's a war going on!

  • Jun 05
  • europhobit - Rumsfeld stating the obvious
  • europhobit - Foreign and Commonwealth Office Legal Advice

  • May 05
  • George G. vs. George B.

  • Apr 05
  • Blair insists Iraq war was legal
  • Poo your pants, then...

  • Mar 05
  • A reasoned American take on the IRA situation
  • More on British vs. American attitudes to terrorism
  • Pot, Kettle
  • The IRA in "we're violent psychopaths" shocker!

  • Feb 05
  • "Its ambitions exceed its reach"
  • Spot the difference

  • Jan 05
  • Stupid liberals and their so-called "human rights"

  • Nov 04
  • Sensitivity
  • Terror and Society

  • Oct 04
  • BBC = filthy propaganda-merchants
  • Perhaps a phrase with fewer associations, Mr Blair?
  • The US, Japan, and the War(s)
  • "It is possible to say no"
  • The chaos of crusties and communists
  • Halliburton: Wholesaler to the axis of evil
  • Ken Bigley dead?
  • A moment of repose
  • Anglo-American S&M: the terrorists have won

  • Sept 04
  • 1,191:15,033
  • Compare and contrast
  • ”I need you to help me now, Mr Blair”
  • Victimisation
  • British vs American responses to terrorism
  • Making torture fun
  • US eyesore
  • Talking with terrorists 20 years on

  • Aug 04
  • The French headscarf ban
  • The UN

    Jan 06

  • Tony Blair as UN Secretary General?

  • Sept 05
  • Unprecedented gathering; 175 nations represented; 60 years of the UN; "historic world summit" etc. etc. etc.

  • Dec 04
  • UN man: "Iraq elections impossible"
  • Nations Reunitied?

  • Sept 04
  • UN-decisive
  • Three and a half lessons in basic etiquette
  • Ukraine

    Jan 06

  • europhobit - Ukraine parliament sacks government?
  • Ukraine gas crisis quickie

  • October 05
  • Ukraine/EU relations

  • Sept 05
  • europhobit - Ukraine update/roundup
  • europhobit - Ukraine looks to be in trouble again

  • Mar 05
  • Ukrainian implications

  • Jan 05
  • Yuschenko inauguration confirmed for Sunday
  • Ukraine confusion continues
  • Ukraine: "the administration learned that it did not have sole influence over the last guarantor of power: the men with the guns."
  • Ukrainian crisis - the aftermath

  • Dec 04
  • Ukrainian deja vu
  • Ukraine TV debate
  • Ukraine, NATO and the EU
  • Ukraine crisis - EU implications
  • Ukraine re-vote gets go-ahead
  • Yushchenko - anti-democratic?
  • Ukraine, Blogging and Democracy

  • Nov 04
  • Ukraine crisis continued - room for hope
  • Ukraine crisis continued - detente?
  • Ukraine crisis continued - any solution?
  • Ukraine crisis continued - international solution?
  • Ukraine crisis continued - violence approaching?
  • Ukraine crisis continued - Revolution or Invasion?
  • Breaking News: Military-backed coup in the Ukraine?
  • Rest of the World

    Jan 05

  • europhobit - Forgotten wars
  • Quick UK/Uzbek torture roundup

  • Dec 05
  • UK government torture deception update
  • More Uzbekistan documents from Craig Murray
  • More on the British government and Uzbekistan torture
  • europhobit - Grow up

  • Nov 05
  • A rare foray into Africa
  • A rare foray into Africa
  • Uzbekistan update
  • europhobit - Central Asia still screwed

  • Sept 05
  • Uzbek update
  • Uzbekistan blog day

  • Aug 05
  • europhobit - Uzbekistan blog day reminder
  • europhobit - Hiroshima: Someone got what I was trying to say
  • europhobit - I will blog about the situation in Uzbekistan
  • Hiroshima Day
  • europhobit - Uzbek blog campaign day

  • Jun 05
  • europhobit - Iranian elections 2
  • europhobit - Iranian elections
  • europhobit - The world's tyrannical outposts

  • May 05
  • The global revolution

  • Apr 05
  • Letter from Afghanistan
  • Britblogs, France, China and Japan
  • Zimbabwe update

  • Mar 05
  • AliddlebitofDemocracy, ladiesangennlemen
  • Happy Easter
  • Putin backs the Kyrgyz rebels?
  • Kyrgyzstan crisis kicks off
  • "A voice for the voiceless"
  • Why the lack of interest in Kyrgyzstan?

  • Feb 05
  • North Korea - just a tad bit mental
  • Fuck...

  • Jan 05
  • Yet more ulterior motives and hypocricy with tsunami aid
  • Hey - chuck enough money at a problem, it'll go away eventually
  • Médecins sans frontières halts fundraising
  • Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse

  • Dec 04
  • Indian Ocean Earthquake Disaster

  • Nov 04
  • Submarine shenanigans - Pacific not pacific?
  • What next for the Middle East?
  • The New Colonialism?
  • Life After Arafat

  • Oct 04
  • I must confess to being somewhat surprised
  • Maniacs

    Jan 05

  • Kilroy's nutty ex-buddy after Barrymore

  • Nov 05
  • europhobit - An anti-Kilroy rant

  • Sept 05
  • A Shot by Both Sides murder roundup
  • europhobit - fuckwit internet dicks
  • europhobit - Michael Meacher: Conspiracy theorist?

  • Aug 05
  • Robert Kilroy-Silk: workshy layabout
  • Best. Front page. Ever.

  • Jul 05
  • europhobit - Boo hoo
  • europhobit - Kilroy faces Veritas leadership challenge

  • Mar 05
  • Rabid self-righteous maniacs

  • Feb 05
  • I simply do not understand religious people
  • North Korea - just a tad bit mental
  • Fuck...
  • Veritas Anthem and stuff
  • Veritas to sue Veritas?
  • Kilroy's back! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

  • Jan 05
  • The great EU conspiracy
  • Robert Kilroy-Silk: mentalist
  • Prime Minister Kilroy-Silk
  • Mark Thatcher Pleads Guilty
  • "People dislike Kilroy-Silk for such a great variety of reasons"

  • Dec 04
  • BNP leader arrested
  • "A totalitarian foreign power which, with the help of Quislings in Westminster, intends to take over our country"
  • Robert Kilroy-Silk stinks of poo

  • Oct 04
  • Commission vote postponed (and yet more Kilroy twattishness)
  • UKIP's founder fed up with UKIP
  • The Kilroy and UKIP saga continues
  • A response and statement of principles
  • Robert Kilroy-Silk: Twat (once again) and UKIP in a tizzy (also again)
  • UKIP get in a tizzy
  • Robert Kilroy-Silk: Twat (yet again)
  • Ha ha ha ha ha!
  • Robert Kilroy-Silk: Twat (again)

  • Sept 04
  • ”One of the greatest acts of political plagiarism of all time
  • Everyone hates UKIP
  • Robert Kilroy-Silk: Twat
  • Europe Misc

    Jan 06

  • Italian shenanigans
  • europhobit - The French electoral system
  • EU states "collaborated" with the CIA - offical
  • Finland, Finland, Finland
  • europhobit - The EU budget deal's screwed again
  • europhobit - Mark Mardell's latest Europe diary
  • europhobit - Promising new Euro-centric political discussion fora

  • Dec 05
  • Europe is led by celebrity-obsessed tits
  • europhobit - Cross-border corporations, eh?
  • Athens Explosion
  • europhobit - Carnival of German American Relations
  • europhobit - Richard Pryor's obituary and Euros
  • europhobit - Schröder down the pub
  • europhobit - Mark Mardell's Europe Diary

  • Nov 05
  • europhobit - Panorama: Battle for Europe
  • europhobit - German elections: well, that's it then
  • europhobit - A handy, 1000-word introduction to Dutch politics
  • Politics is boring
  • europhobit - Switzerland in rampant hypocrisy shocker!
  • europhobit - a handy, 1000-word introduction to Dutch politics
  • Politics is boring
  • Switzerland in rampant hypocrisy shocker!
  • The EU - evil Catholic antichrist conspiracy
  • Germany update
  • europhobit - Euro PDB

  • October 05
  • Berlusconi: "Just call me Il Duce. Oh, sorry. Did I say 'Il Duce'? I meant, erm... Oh - look over there! It's the Goodyear Blimp!"
  • europhobit - Hungarian Bird Flu vaccine?
  • europhobit - Bird Flu confirmed in Romania
  • Italy: Rupert Murdoch lies out of his arse, and a bit on electoral reform
  • europhobit - .eu domain names
  • Bird Flu hits Europe, and who's to blame?
  • europhobit - German elections: the balance of power in Europe has shifted
  • EU News launches

  • Sept 05
  • europhobit - Mark Mardell's Europe Roundup
  • europhobit - German elections: coalition talks
  • EU lifts British Beef ban
  • Can someone explain Switzerland to me?
  • europhobit - German elections: Some possible scenarios
  • EU internet survey thing
  • europhobit - German elections roundup 5
  • Blair and co thwarted by the EU?
  • German elections: it could be weeks
  • German elections: dead heat?
  • German elections roundup 4
  • europhobit - German elections roundup 3
  • europhobit - German elections roundup 2
  • europhobit - German elections roundup
  • europhobit - German elections
  • europhobit - Peter Mandelson?
  • Attention European Parliament publicity department
  • europhobit - An EU loyalty oath?


  • Aug 05
  • europhobit - German elections: Dedicated blog
  • europhobit - German elections: polls 2
  • europhobit - German elections: polls
  • europhobit - Upcoming issues
  • Germany - T minus 21 and counting
  • europhobit - German elections
  • europhobit - Turkish diplomat in charge of EU accession talks resigns
  • europhobit - OUt with the old
  • Bananas cause the EU grief once more
  • europhobit - American Capitalism vs. European Social Markets
  • RIP Win Duisenberg


  • Jul 05
  • Berlusconi: "a disaster", "a rip off" that "screwed everybody"
  • EU not doing too well?
  • It's very hard to be pro-EU sometimes...
  • Expanding free trade
  • europhobit - Yet another reason to love the EU
  • The benefits of European integration, part 4,578
  • europhobit - RIP Ted Heath
  • europhobit - France better than Britain: official!
  • europhobit - Software patents directive rejected
  • europhobit - EU tax/growth comparison charts
  • It's the Jackie and Gerdy show!
  • europhobit - Federalism: Lessons from the US
  • europhobit - 45 years of ambivalence


  • Jun 05
  • europhobit - move to "sell" EU to the French
  • europhobit - getting EU on track would help US
  • europhobit - EU budget row continues
  • europhobit - EU enlargement
  • europhobit - Interview with Europe Minister Douglas Alexander
  • europhobit - Tony's a leidenschaftlicher
  • europhobit - Germany's future
  • europhobit - EU agriculture
  • europhobit - European press review
  • europhobit - "the limit of Europe's credibility in the world has been reached"
  • europhobit - Leaders deadlocked on EU budget
  • Blair's budget buddies
  • europhobit - A prime example of why I drifted away from being Eurosceptic
  • europhobit - European Council live
  • europhobit - New EU budget?
  • europhobit - The rebate explained
  • europhobit - Euro news roundup
  • europhobit - EU-focussed websites
  • europhobit - Blair/Chirac disagreements
  • europhobit - European demos


  • May 05
  • New collection of EU resources
  • Films and the future of the EU
  • Help make MEPs more accountable
  • EU budget balls-up
  • The Tories and the EU
  • The working time directive business


  • Apr 05
  • New European Times
  • Bye bye Berlusconi
  • EU budgetary belligerency


  • Mar 05
  • Portillo in EU promotion shocker!
  • The EU, US and China 2
  • Blame it on Brussels
  • The European Commission, lobbying and corruption
  • The Neocons and the EU
  • The EU, US and China


  • Feb 05
  • Bush Euro visit - the aftermath
  • Bush in Brussels, a Barroso balls-up and a bit on Iran
  • "Knee-jerk hatred"
  • "Its ambitions exceed its reach"
  • EU / US relations - a fresh start?
  • "There are two superpowers in the world, and the other is Europe"


  • Jan 05
  • The election, EU, US, BBC, Kilroy, history and Murdoch
  • Europe vs. America - again
  • EU 1 - 0 Bill Gates
  • The CIA's verdict on the EU


  • Dec 04
  • "Politically incorrect, xenophobic, racist and who knows what else"
  • EU Expansion - whither the Union?


  • Nov 04
  • Europe: "inward-looking and self-absorbed"?
  • Plastic Politicians: Commission chaos and the destruction of the British constitution
  • People in "preferring their mates" shocker!
  • “Abracadabrantesque” - Chirac and the future of France
  • Euroblogging

  • ETA to follow the IRA, but where's the EU?
  • Thank you American voters - Part the nth
  • US elections - EU implications


  • Oct 04
  • About bloody time
  • Commission corruption?
  • "Unless the wounds of the Iraq war are healed there will be no progress"
  • A bit of breaking news
  • Blair and Barroso
  • Justice Commissioner vetoed?
  • ”Perhaps if he were in charge of beetroots…”
  • Commissioners comment


  • Sept 04
  • Growls and barks in Greek, German and several other languages
  • Turkish delight
  • Crap CAP
  • Sporting unity
  • Euro news update
  • Corruption, Cronyism, Self-Interest
  • Europe to Bush: Go Away
  • A bad day for Germany
  • EU to place sanctions on the US?


  • Aug 04
  • New York and Athens
  • More missed news
  • There’s a new European Commission

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