Thursday, November 08, 2007

How Ironic, As the title says - where do I apply ?

An Exercise in Waste
Apparently, the European Parliament is about to open a new embassy to the UK: a very large office in Tothill Street, Westminster, employing 50 or more staff. The rent alone is said to be £1.3 million a year, and another £3 million to renovate it.
But their is a small problem, the plans are now for the EU to either buy outright or rent 32 Smith Square, which has been for years, the Headquarters of the Conservative Party.
The reason? Because the parliament accepts that "unless the institutions can find a building where they will be the sole occupant, permission to fly the EU flag or display other forms of externally visible identification will almost certainly not be given".
And why that permission will not be forthcoming is that having a huge EU flag outside the building will diminish the possible rental income from any sub letting. The reason given was that their is 'such animosity' in London towards the EU flag that it would drive away any potential leasees.
Doesn't the EU having an embassy there imply that Britain is outside the EU? After all, there isn't a French embassy in Paris. They already have the Queen.. who doesn't do anything.

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