Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Hidden Europe

In my local paper tonight, there is a news article about the two local authorities, service Bradford and Halifax, teaming up to handle their refuse disposal needs.

All good stuff, this – the meat and drink of local papers. But the article opens:

Rubbish from Halifax could be ferried through Bradford in a bid to meet tough new waste laws. The Government plans to reduce the amount of rubbish being dumped at landfill by forcing local authorities to recycle more.
Note the missing detail. This is not the "government" in the normal sense of the word. It is our government in Brussels that is "forcing local authorities to recycle more".

It is hardly surprising that people are so ill-informed about the EU if its actions and laws are not identified at the point they apply.

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