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Apt Under these Circumstances

Today David Cameron becomes PM of the UK, whether it be through a minority government or with the help of a Liberal Democrat/Conservative coalition. All it reminded me of is this quote from Aaron Sorkin’s “The American President”.

Lewis Rothschild: People want leadership, Mr. President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they’ll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They’re so thirsty for it they’ll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there’s no water, they’ll drink the sand.
President Andrew Shepherd: Lewis, we’ve had Presidents who were beloved who couldn’t find a coherent sentence with two hands and a flashlight. People don’t drink the sand ’cause they’re thirsty. They drink the sand ’cause they don’t know the difference.

There will be interesting days ahead.

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The European Democratic Deficit

EU Assignment

Introduction
The European Union has developed in scope from being merely economic in intentions to encompass the political and foreign spheres of government yet, it is constantly assaulted for harbouring a deep-seated democratic deficit. The Lisbon Treaty, following on from the ill-fated European Constitutional Treaty, seeks to remedy this through broad reforms but manages to bring with it as many issues as it sought to repair. Issues such as the conflict between the elected European Parliament and the non-elect, the Commission.
These issues, are in some ways too confining also as they do not manage to fully legitimise this vast area of public law enough to overcome such deficiencies as the economic mindset of the court and the unstable validity of the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Lisbon 2.0

It’s election time which made me wonder when we’ll have to vote on Lisbon again. Then I stumbled upon this….

Only in Europe

So Norway won and yet again I avoided the entire affair but upon watching the winner, I think I know where they got the winning combination….

She’s buttoning up

Those nude photos of Carla Bruni are coming back to bite her in the ass yet again as they are now being used by a French Fashion House for the design of a bag. And what’s the best way to respond? Litigation of course!
Granted, I can understand they are using her likeness without her permission and that is reprehensible considering it is for profit but at the same time, for a woman considered so open about herself, would it not be easier for her to remember what she said just a few months ago?

She considers nude pictures by photographers such as Helmut Newton and Steven Meisel works of art. “They’re great artists,” she says, adding, “Plus, I have a body that would allow me to pose nude without being very provocative.”

If it’s a work of art, then should it not inspire fashion?

Yes He Can….. And it’s not pretty

Came across this online.

Try looking at him the same way after that…

Lisbon 2.0

Remember those silly demands we Irish were making about Lisbon? Well according to the Irish Times, Europe seems to have given in:

The leaders will also agree to allow each member state to retain their commissioner and to give “necessary legal guarantees” to Ireland on “taxation policy, family, social and ethical issues, and common security and defence policy with regard to Ireland’s traditional policy of neutrality”, say the conclusions obtained by The Irish Times last night.

It also seems likely that another referendum will be held before the current EU Commission’s term is up in October of 2009 meaning that one will be held on or before the 31st of the same month. This would also enable Europe to enact the entire treaty before the end of next year.

Thoughts?
I can’t wait for it myself, I always love with the crazies come out *cough*Kathy Sinnott*cough* come out in force with their “Europe will send their Nazi velociraptor foot soldiers to steal your unborn babies and jobs” argument. Bring it I say.