Britain’s new MEPs
[Re: Britain’s new MEPs must do their job – whatever they think about the EU, yesterday]
Mark Boleat asserts that “constituents voted [MEPs] in to engage in Europe”. How does he know what voters were thinking? It’s not true in my case, for example, because I have zero faith in any of the processess in Brussels. I voted for an MEP who will use the cash to campaign for Brexit. EU reform is a pipe dream.
I would hardly call Sharon Bowles, given her defence of EU finance regulations, a model MEP.
Google and Europe
[Re: Why Europe’s right to be forgotten online will be an expensive mistake, yesterday]
Not only will “the right to be forgotten” create an extra layer of bureaucracy, putting future Google competitors off entering Europe, it looks like overt protectionism. European content producers will be required to do nothing to protect privacy. We’re leaving it to US search giants.
Imposing huge compliance costs that only big established companies can afford is one of the many ways the state “helps” the consumer.
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Ukip look less fiscally competent than Labour. That takes some doing.