Tag: Europe

Actually, You’ll Find It Really IS A ‘Badge Of Honour’…

Joshua Rozenburg whines about the prisoner vote issue, though not for the reasons you might expect: The prime minister’s announcement that “prisoners are not getting the vote under this government” is profoundly depressing. I say that not because I have…

You Can’t Argue With Success….

Yet more #firstworldproblems: The debut of Lego Friends, featuring a more prominent use of pink than your typical Lego fan would be used to, drew criticism from some consumer groups who said it would reinforce gender stereotypes. As well as…

#firstworldproblems

A Twitter meme perfectly captured here: It’s not that I don’t welcome the success of a homegrown business – I do – but it’s more about what Pret a Manger represents. And to my mind, what it represents is a relentless onward…

Our Master’s Mistresses’ Voice

Cecilia Malmström is EU commissioner for home affairs. And she knows best. Don’t you dare try to claim she doesn’t: I will be discussing the common European asylum system with home affairs ministers from all EU countries on 8 March,…

The Fall of Rome

Be not misled by the byline. This was written in 1947 by W H Auden. __________________ The piers are pummelled by the waves; In a lonely field the rain Lashes an abandoned train; Outlaws fill the mountain caves. Fantastic grow…

Portugal Sounds Like A Paradise…

…so what’s in it for Joana Gorjão Henriques that she welcomes a change to all that? For years, modern Portugal has been struggling to find a way of talking about national identity and race. Has it? Or is that what…

Rent Seeking In The Psych Ward

Children should be screened for anxiety disorders to prevent them developing severe mental problems in later life. Says who? … according to Professor Hans Ulrich Witten, lead author of study of the state of Europe’s mental health. Ah. Right. I…