Friday, June 16, 2006

Well, I never!

White elephant it may be, but it is here to stayEven the Europhile Guardian has been waxing indignant about it, declaring that the EU parliament's building in Strasbourg "is an absurd and costly white elephant, which should be shut down."

Yet, despite mounting pressure for precisely that, and a petition signed by more than 500,000 people, we learn that the issue was not even raised at the European Council today.

According to the IHT, the parliament president, Josep Borrell, told reporters that the European Council "does not wish in any way to change the existing setup," adding, "It was not necessary for me to raise the issue again."

The Guardian bleats that this is "a lost opportunity to tackle very real concerns that the good ship Europe is alarmingly 'disconnected' from millions of the citizens it should be serving."

What is really amazing though is that anybody thought that there was the slightest chance the matter would be raised, much less that there is even the remotest chance of the Strasbourg seat being abandoned. What the hell do people think the EU is… a democracy, or something?


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