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  1. This ticks a number of SJW outrage boxes. New York University issues public apology for 'racially insensitive' meal served during Black History Month New York University has issued a public apology and fired their director of food service after students pointed out the watermelon-flavoured water and collard greens the school was serving during Black History Month were racially insensitive. College of Arts and Science sophomore Nia Harris noticed the offensive meal when she walked into Weinstein Passport Dining Hall - before alerting the deans of the school and NYU’s President Hamilton of the insensitive and “stereotypical” meal. In her letter, which she also shared on Facebook, Harris wrote: “It is with great sadness and frustration that I even have to send this email.” President Hamilton wrote: “We were shocked to learn of the drink and food choices that our food service provider - Aramark - offered at the Weinstein dining hall as part of Black History Month. It was inexcusably insensitive.” Serving racially insensitive watermelon flavoured water and collard greens (whatever they are) during black history month. Twitter outrage. Grovelling apology...sack the person responsible. Surprised they haven't changed the name of their dining hall though www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/new-york-university-apology-racially-insensitive-meal-black-history-month-a8223521.html
  2. That bonkers woman vicar should take her deluded message to Syria or some other dusty shithole to see how well is goes down.
  3. How about if the UK helped set up an alternative to the EU with its headquarters in say Birmingham or Manchester ...Catalonia, Poland, Austria, Northern Italy maybe a bit of Belgium and the Netherlands. Pidgins and cats come to mind.
  4. I'm not sure the EU really cares. It doesn't matter whether this is in Italy, Greece, Germany or Spain. They can divide up as much as they like but they will all need to comply with the hundreds and thousands of EU Directives and Regulations. In negotiations the Commission do not like the big five member states forging alliances to block them, and it does happen. Lots of little states will be far easier for the EU to control.
  5. No UK SIs might well be drafted by civil servants but all of them ultimately must be signed by a UK Minister - who of course is elected. There are also two types of SIs, negative, which tend to be nodded through with no debate or vote and affirmative which are debated and voted on in Parliament. All SIs go through scrutiny in the UK by the SI Scrutiny Committee. EU Regulations are made by officials are binding on member states and are not voted on by UK politicians.
  6. Its an example of an EU Regulation which is law in the UK but which did not go through any democratic process before it came into force.
  7. They would be international standards. EU Regulations are a different kettle of fish - the classic example is the bendy banana regulation 2257/94 which stated that bananas must be "free from malformation or abnormal curvature."
  8. There are quite a few issues with the way that policy is introduced and the undemocratic nature of the EU. So from a policy idea it can take around 7 years for something to eventually become law in a member state. The UK is pretty good and we are normally amongst the first to implement new EU laws - Ireland tends to piggy back on the UK and they will copy our regulations, even going as far as to duplicate mistakes on the odd occasion mistakes are made. Given the length of time it takes to negotiate and implement new laws they can quickly be out of date. Remainers will argue that the EU is very democratic and we vote for our representatives in Brussels etc. Leavers will argue that the UK is subject to new laws imposed on us by an unelected body - both arguments are true. EU Directives, of which there about 1500 have to go through the three main EU bodies before they can be adopted by all member states, the Commission, the Council and the Parliament. So yes these could be described as democratic. All these new laws will be implemented in the UK and Parliament has a chance to debate them and vote on them. Now, my big bugbear are EU Regulations. These are binding on member states and are agreed by the Commission and officials in member states (civil servants in our case). These are not subject to scrutiny by politicians or by Parliaments in members states. They can be very wide ranging and burdensome on business and individuals....there are about 12,000 of these currently in place in the UK. All in all by the time Directives, Regulations, Treaty requirements, court judgements and standards are taken into account, the UK is going to have to untangle itself from around 50,000 EU laws.
  9. I think I might have been the only Whitehall Uncivil Servant to vote leave...since the vote the actions of the EU have only hardened my attitude to them. As someone who has negotiated and subsequently implemented both EU Directives and Regulations in the UK it is leave every time for me.
  10. Uncivilservant

    Welcome!

    Hi I lurked for years on the other site and found some of the threads informative and insightful. Looking forward to more of the same here and might even post occasionally