The Slog starts the day on a bright note

Watching British life at work gets worse. Yesterday it was the Treasury suing the ECB (Churchill in 1945: “Let’s sue Hitler!”) and this morning it’s a new ‘analysis’ from the BBC entitled, ‘Could Greece be Europe’s Lehman?’ Blimey, that’s a leap. Do you think the News of the World will survive this new Hackgate thing? I’m not sure myself.

The BBC goes one further on its UK page by not only printing the obvious, but reporting on research about the obvious. A new study shows that the percentage thinking MPs are ‘dedicated’ to helping Britain and its People has fallen from 46% to 25%. I’ve done some quick checking on the tabulations, and it looks highly like that of the 25%, half were MPs’ families on the payroll, a quarter were retired lawyers, and the rest were deaf. Sorry, I’ve just rechecked that last figure and discovered I was being deafist: the actual word was ‘dead’.

Meanwhile, 30 years after sell-by dates came in, they’re being abolished. It only took a Himalayan mountain range of food to be wasted before Parliament got round to doing something. Word reaches me, however, that large multiple retailers have been heavily involved in ‘lobbying’ about it. As a result of this legislation, all those companies specialising in reselling out-of-date goods suddenly have no business. Hence the lobbying. Ironically, the commercial culture has changed since sell-by dates were introduced, so the abolition of it has arrived just in time for everyone from Tesco to Asda to abuse it.

The Trade Union movement continues to break the speed limit in its fast lane to self-destruction, calling for widespread strikes that have no support from EdHead Labour, no support among the population, and may well coincide with the arrival of the IMF insisting we fire 40,000 more civil servants from the public sector. The trouble with civil servants as a term is that it’s a catch-all exploited by the right-wing press to suggest millions of bowler-hatted twerps in pinstripes with an umbrella pushing paper about. This is entirely unfair, as in reality it ranges from teachers peddling pc propaganda to our kids and Sir Humphreys lining their pockets with illegal pension benefits to local government planning departments taking backhanders from developers. It will be a problem, however if, after showering the Establishment with money these last few years, the developers suddenly find they have no money left for the bricks.

And staying with the building sector, the UN remains silent on the discovery of slavery in a developed country. Its representative Professor Yves Cabannes visited Dale Farm in Essex yesterday, and called the planned eviction an ‘inhumane and illegal violation of international law’, but seemed to have missed the Labour Camp element involved in the Travelling space. As Slog comment threader That Jon Allen (there is only one, thank God) pointed out yesterday, ‘travelling’ is what ‘travellers’ never do. But it points up the possibility of other odd occupations. As well as having travelling builders who never finish houses, we could develop unemployed people who don’t want to work, policeman who are too busy to nick the bad guys, and foreign secretaries who never visit Europe. In these hard times, we must think of every possibility in order to squeeze the very last drop from our rapidly burgeoning population.

You see, while the EU is deluded, disorganised, retarded and obese, it will never match the UK for stark-staring intelligent madness. As and when the EU finally implodes, this means we can go back to being global brand leader in bollocks. And with that positive thought, I hand you over to the rest of the day.