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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

busman's holiday

To paraphrase the great philosopher B.A. Baracus:

We pity the fool who stands between Quentin Davies and a bloody good lunch.

What is occupying the mind of the great statesman since his poorly timed principled defection over the issue of Europe?

Quentin Davies

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to create a dedicated EU passports channel at the UK border and immigration control points in the (a) Gare du Midi, Brussels and (b) Gare du Nord, Paris; and if she will make a statement.

Great use of parliamentary time Quentin - basically just to complain about your irritation about all the foreigners getting in your way at passport control.

Sadly for the bon viveur the Government replied that it has no plans to introduce segregation.


Speaking of fine dining... the Commission's proposed new list of activities which member states can reduce VAT on includes restaurant meals (a long running French demand).

But where is the reduced VAT on green products which Gordon Brown was supposed to have secured?

At the time the BBC reported

Gordon Brown has got what he wanted on VAT and it's far more than any of us in Brussels expected.

So where's the boeuf?

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