Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A charmed life

First it was the highly theatrical Blair departure, then it was the Brown "honeymoon", then we get the by-elections and now we get the floods – all driving out news about the treaty-to-be.

England Expects complains that the only news he could find on Miliband (pictured) and the IGC was a story about a mouse while a reader complains that the number one story on the web in Wales is this.

Deutsche Welle covers it, but the BBC website tell us that the text is for lawyers, not for voters. It also tells us that, at 277 pages in all, it's been slimmed down from the 480-page doorstopper which was the draft EU constitution.

We also get the commission "line". It is telling us that it wants to get the treaty out of the way. "For a long time, we have been discussing institutions, procedures, reforms and treaties," says Barroso. "OK, it is enough. Now we need to concentrate on delivering results."

Interestingly though, the fragrant one, on her blog, tells us that she "no longer give a … about people trying to tell me how to live my life", although she is intent on telling everyone else how to run theirs.

Altogether, it seems that the treaty-to-be is enjoying a charmed life. Despite being the EU constitution in drag, being rushed through at an unseemly pace, hardly anyone seems to care. For sure, it's early days yet – and we haven't seen all the morning press – but it is not exactly setting the world on fire.

We have, as another of our readers remarks, a mountain to climb.


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