Category Archives: EU

Votes

“All the blood is drained out of democracy – it dies – when only half the population votes.” The words of Hunter S. Thompson which seem particularly apposite as we look forward to two elections in Poland – those to … Continue reading

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European Elections

“Elections remind us not only of the rights but the responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy.” The words of Robert Kennedy which we do well to remember in an age when dissatisfaction with politicians leads to voter apathy and cynicism. … Continue reading

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No to the Euro

“If its anything I can’t stand, it’s yes men.  When I say no, I want you to say no, too.” Words attributed to studio mogul Jack L. Warner, which might be seized upon, without a trace of irony, by any leader … Continue reading

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Coincidence

“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” The words of Albert Einstein. And whether or not God chooses to remain anonymous, the European Commission Vice-President, Frans Timmermans, does not.  He was hitting back on Sunday at accusations of political bias from … Continue reading

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Defiance

“While politicians may be forgiven for failing to predict the future – who can, alas? – it is amazing that they defiantly ignore the past.” The words of novelist Michael Korda which, while they seem to apply in general, perhaps … Continue reading

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Meat

“The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef; love, like being enlivened with champagne.” The words of Samuel Johnson which have a delightfully eighteenth-century simplicity that still resonates, although no doubt the good doctor’s … Continue reading

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Misunderstood

“The public think the politicians don’t know or care about their lives; and the politicians feel misunderstood.” The words of Tony Blair, so take them as you will, but perhaps the politicians are understood only too well, and folk have … Continue reading

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Consequences

“Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.” The words of Robert Louis Stevenson. That that banquet should also include just desserts seems a given. And when it comes to certain plans on EU funding, the Polish … Continue reading

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Change

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” The words of George Bernard Shaw which, since the New Year is often a time of resolutions to change something in one ‘s life, seem … Continue reading

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Flexible

“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” Words attributed to Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu which, while obviously true when applied to water’s ability to erode rocks over time, bespeak of a flexibility largely absent … Continue reading

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