Unleashing Arrogance, Complacency, and Mediocrity

Unleashing Demons: The Inside Story of Brexit is one of the worst books on any subject that I have read in a long time. It is a blow-by-boring-blow account of David Cameron’s referendum campaign, principally in the media of mass communication, to keep Britain in the European Union. It was written by Craig Oliver, whose job was director of politics and communications in David Cameron’s administration, a title instinct with dishonesty. At least one knows what a second-hand car salesman does. But a very bad book may, in its own way, be highly instructive, as this one is. If mediocrity can…

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Brussels Sprouts Illegality

The European Union’s ongoing efforts to create a “closer fiscal union,” especially including the most recent (January 31) fiscal union pact, pose serious legal problems.  In practical terms, that may not matter much: even if fully implemented, the reforms will fail to calm the financial markets, and they will disintegrate or become irrelevant long before any court could examine their legality. Still, and for what it’s worth, the EU prides itself on being a “community of law.” How does it measure up?

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