ALDE leaves out the boring stuff… MEPs apparently not squandering all their money :)

Update: Brusselsblogger went into the trouble to question ALDE on the matter (original post in quote further below). It seems that in the effort to make the pages of the press, ALDE left out some important details. The very fact that there is interaction between this sphere of blogging and the political spectrum is a very important step, which is often needed to correct misconceptions (admittedly like mine).

As Brusselsblogger commented-

This is the answer from ALDE press officer (so, if one wants to see it from a more positive side it means ALDE has just highlighted the more interesting sports aspects in its press release and left out the boring official visits part)

“The football match you are referring to is part of an official visit to
Gibraltar taking place from 12 to 14 November 2008.

This is the first visit of the ALDE Bureau to Gibraltar whose residents
were only allowed to vote in EP elections in 2004. During the visit the
MEPs will meet government ministers, party leaders and representatives of the civil society.

The football match is just one segment of the visit and was meant to
highlight the fact that Gibraltar is subjected to discrimination because
of Spanish sovereignty claims.”

Original Post:
Translation of press release below:
A group of 14 MEPs will be travelling (probably first class) to Gibraltar and back, with what will probably be an overnight stay at a 5 star hotel, a few gourmet meals, etc etc etc, to play a game of football to show that UEFA should accept Gibraltar as a member. Also they have gone into the added expense of printing high-quality custom football jerseys so they can have a memento of this fine expirience.

Not that I think their cause is wrong; I just think that they should have more important things to do. If you want to get Gibraltar into UEFA, send a collectively signed letter…

Cost of getting a collectively signed letter sent to UEFA: 25 euro by courrier

Cost of playing football in Gibraltar with no expense spared: Approximately 50,000 euro

Knowing that you can do whatever the hell you want with taxpayers money: PRICELESS!

Calling Notice: Liberal and Democrats to play Gibraltar Football Association in football match

Match to raise awareness of Gibraltar’s rebuffed efforts to join UEFA

Liberal and Democrat (ALDE) Members of the European Parliament will be playing football Thursday against a team representing the Gibraltar Football Association (GFA) at the Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar.

The aim of the match is to drive home the point that the MEPs are more than happy to play against the GFA even though Europe’s governing body of football UEFA continues to ban Gibraltar’s participation in European competition.

It will be recalled that on instructions from the Spanish Government, the Spanish Football Federation has opposed the GFA’s application to join UEFA. Moreover, UEFA rules were changed after the GFA applied to join to ensure that only sovereign independent states could be admitted as members.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has already ruled in two separate cases that the GFA’s application must be considered in the context of what UEFA rules were at the time the application was made, that under the said rules the GFA is entitled to membership of UEFA and that the Executive Committee of UEFA had not acted in accordance with its rules in dealing with the GFA’s application.

Graham Watson MEP, the Leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), has made strong representations to UEFA urging them to accept the GFA as members. Mr Watson is a UK Liberal Democrat MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar and is leading the delegation of 14 MEPs from 13 different countries that will be in Gibraltar.

The MEPs have had football kits printed specially for the event.

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Palin prank is sad indeed…

Sarah Palin was pranked last night by a Canadian radio station pretending to be French President Sarkozy. The pranker talked about hunting, Joe the plumber, Carla Bruni, Dick Cheney, and even went as far as to make references to the “documentary” called “who’s nailin’ Palin” and Bon Jovi’s “It’s my life”. Palin, remained convinced and happy that Sarko was calling her personally, even flirting with her! 

Obama’s campaign spokesman Robert Gibbs, commenting on the prank, said: “I’m glad we check out our calls before we hand the phone to Barack Obama.”

If true (which it appears to be as it was reported on by AP), the prank call to Sarah Palin may cost the Republicans at least one more percentage point in the upcoming elections. There is much to be said about protocol on the matter, and it is most likely that Bexy (or whatever Palin’s assistant’s name was) lost her job very swiftly.

It seems from the Palin’s replies that the connection was not great, and that she couldn’t make out some of what “Sarkozy” was saying. To play devil’s advocate, In Palin’s position it would be very difficult to confront the caller half way through asking if it was a prank; in any case, it was gracefully handled.

However what is sad is that what has been unveiled by this prank call is that Palin does not have what it takes to be VP of the USA. This is hardly how you would expect a VP to speak to the French President afterall. Granted the pranker did not give much space for Palin to move the dialogue in her own domain, and that she had to respect the seniority of the President of France.

Still, one would expect more etiquette, more respect, and a less casual demeanor. Maybe I expect too much, but her attitude resembles many Bushisms, who has been caught with the mic/camera on one too many times in embarrassing moments. Still these made him more human and added to his appeal.

This prank does nothing else but sadden me. I would simply expect more from a person who is in Palin’s position.

Wanted: The Lisbon Treaty

I wanted to see what everybody thinks… Though I don’t expect a huge voter turnout… 🙂

  

Just looking back on some emails, I recieved mixed messages:

The President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, welcomed as a strong political signal the call by European Heads of State and Government meeting in Brussels for the Lisbon Treaty ratification process to go ahead in those countries that have not ratified.

 (June)

From the Press:

No Lisbon Treaty by June 2009- Juncker

Juncker rules out Lisbon treaty before 2010

 

 

More money into markets = stocks going to hell

Countries are putting up billions like they have bottomless pockets. The stocks are still however, falling.. lower and lower… and lower… (see below from Yahoo finance).

Maybe, just maybe, the approach might be wrong?!?!?!?!

 

FTSE 100 4,087.88 -225.92 -5.24%
Chart for FTSE 100
DAX 4,541.20 -345.80 -7.08%
Chart for DAX
CAC 40 3,202.05 -240.65 -6.99%
Chart for CAC 40

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Press… Many Media- one picture… Saddening…

A post i read in a blog post of WHAT’S NEXT: INNOVATIONS IN NEWSPAPERS was so strong, I thought it was justified to “pirate” it…

All I can say is that i am saddened by the picture below…. Too bad…

The original post can be found here, and was published by Published by Juan Antonio Giner :

 

Grzegorz Piechota is right.
These front pages speak for themselves.
The same picture everywhere.
Clone journalism, again and again.”

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Bad Weather; Bad EuroPolitics?

Did anyone ever wonder whether all the Gaffe Politiques that come out of Brussels are a result of the terrible terrible weather? Though weve had a couple of bright sundays, they weather is starting to look grayer than ever... And so my fear for things betting worse grows. The financial turmoil is bringing Europe to the drawing board for solutions. Sometimes I cant help but think that senior European political figures are adversely affected by this terrible weather. With months to go before the European Elections, and the establishment of a new College of Commissioners; political activity is growing, and so is the margin for political maladministration. Maybe we should shoot atmosphere altering shells into the sky to clear the clouds... Just like in the Olympic Games- only all year around. Better weather, happier politicians, happier Europe.

Did anyone ever wonder whether all the Gaffe Politiques that come out of Brussels are a result of the terrible terrible weather? Though we've had a couple of bright sundays, they weather is starting to look grayer than ever... And so my fear for things betting worse grows. The financial turmoil is bringing Europe to the drawing board for solutions. Sometimes I can't help but think that senior European political figures are adversely affected by this terrible weather. With months to go before the European Elections, and the establishment of a new College of Commissioners; political activity is growing, and so is the margin for political maladministration. Maybe we should shoot atmosphere altering shells into the sky to clear the clouds... Just like in the Olympic Games- only all year around. Better weather, happier politicians, happier Europe.

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Hello world!

Hello World… Its time to do something different. The way i see it a blog can be used to break away from the seriousness of everyday life when it gets too much, or on the flipside; to develop deeper thoughts about the everyday or not-so-everytday things that bother us so much…


So here goes nothing 🙂