Thursday, November 18, 2010

Another good idea disregarded

Lord Stoddart asked what must be considered an exceedingly pertinent Written Question:
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider that, where projects in the United Kingdom are undertaken by the European Union and its logo is on display, a Union Jack together with the message "Matching funds supplied by Her Majesty's Government" should also be displayed when appropriate.
This harks back to the thorny problem of who should show the EU insignia and in which circumstances as defined by Commission Regulation (EC) No 1828/2006. Needless to say, HMG has not shown itself to be particularly open-minded on the subject. Said Lord Sassoon:
The Government have no plans to mandate the display of such information on projects in the UK undertaken by the European Union.
After all, why would anybody want to know the details of that famous EU "largesse"?


  1. Because the UK is a net contributor to the EU, it follows that 100 per cent of the funds for any municipal project are supplied by HMG, not half.

    A more appropriate message next to the blue/gold flag might be: "The European Commission: taking a commission from your taxes."

  2. A MODEST SUGGESTION on a parallel line of thought. Everyone important says that "transparency" is important in our democratic society,

    SO every policeman, local government officer, civil servant or other official enforcing a law or policy originating from the EU should be required to wear a dark blue armband with the ring of twelve stars on it whilst carrying out his or her duties. Then we would all know who to thank for our wise governance.