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when eu rules apply to others but not the eu.

It’s very hard to avoid. In fact it isn’t possible.  If you don’t hear about it on panel discussions on the radio, it’s in the papers. If not there then you’ll overhear folks commenting on it and with much worry.
I’m talking about the economy. Not the USA, the one here where I am. The UK.

Things are not going as well as hoped and the powers that be are trying, they say, to improve things.  Meanwhile the Brit citizen is being warned about cuts in public spending, further worries about the aging population and how to care for the elderly and create jobs for those who want and need them.  There’s been a warning to expect prison riots due to overcrowding and “rights” seen as abused.

Of course the EU makes it’s voice heard on subjects pertaining to the UK. Like a prisoner’s right to vote. And immigration and the cost to the economy, especially with illegal immigration and the difficulty in deporting the criminals among that group.
Well, with all that in mind I guess the UK taxpayer was proud to be informed that those cheap Germans and French are trailing the Brits in monies being thrown away on foreign aid.  OH … almost forgot.

Members of Parliament are getting a raise.  Well of course they are. No belt tightening among the mighty.  It’s an automatic raise as I understand it, to avoid having to vote on a raise. Now I say again, I could have misunderstood what I’d heard, but that’s what it sounded like to me.
But never mind.  The fact that Germany and France are spending less then the UK was disclosed in an EU report on the subject.
There are a number of things that cost more here because while most European states ignore the rules, and while French farmers are reaping the protective benefits of paying no attention to them, the Brits play exactly by the rules and so find themselves on the short end of things.  And speaking of rules and regs, all this leads me to a story with a bit of bitter humor in it.

You may recall the story about the EU rule I posted with regard to water. Yeah. Water. The EU passed another new law, with regard to water being advertised as a source to combat dehydration.  Water companies must not mislead the public and claim any benefits for drinking water.  This is what the modern world has come to now.  A bunch of fat cats with nothing special to do, sit around and look for things to pass new rules and regs on.
Well, here’s an update of sorts. The EU has been caught breaking their own ruling of the benefits of water. Hey, you couldn’t make this up.  The Marx Bros. would have had a field day with this one.  Take a look.

EU breaks its own ruling on water hydration claims

EU officials could be prosecuted after falling foul of their own ruling that banned claims that drinking water could prevent dehydration.

By Donna Bowater

The EU was widely derided last month for the bizarre decision to prohibit drinks companies from claiming drinking water could help avoid dehydration.
Manufacturers face two years in jail for breaching the edict that was due to come into force this month after being passed in November.
But the EU could now be investigated after it emerged its Milk Programme was found to promote the health benefits of drinking water.
The literature for the scheme, which encourages children to drink more milk, said: “You may not have known, but a large part of milk is actually water. So, if you regularly drink milk, you can stay hydrated at the same time.
“When people do not get enough water, a condition called ‘dehydration’, they can become tired, irritable and have a hard time concentrating.

Drinking milk can help put the necessary water back into the body, while providing carbohydrates, proteins and other nutrients to give you energy.”
A British MEP has called on the Procureur-General in Brussels to act on the blunder.
In his complaint, Paul Nuttall, Ukip member for North West England, said it was a “disgraceful breach of EU law by the European Commission.”
He added: “These people think that they can lay down the law that they have created no matter how absurd and threaten individuals and businesses with criminal sanctions.
“In this case, though, It appears that the EU just doesn’t know its backside from its elbow.”

Denouncing the ruling last month, Conservative MEP Roger Helmer said: “This is stupidity writ large.
“The euro is burning, the EU is falling apart and yet here they are: highly-paid, highly-pensioned officials worrying about the obvious qualities of water and trying to deny us the right to say what is patently true.
“If ever there were an episode which demonstrates the folly of the great European project then this is it.”
It also emerged earlier this month that the European Food Safety Authority had rules against claims that prunes had a laxative effect.
An EU spokesman said: “We have not been contacted by the prosecutor as yet, however, as we may be within a due legal process, we cannot comment in case it prejudices future proceedings.”
The Procureur-General’s office would not comment on the complaint but said it would be treated like any other.

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