Those of us using - or approaching the stage where we will have to use - zimmer frames will recall that in the 1960/1970's one of the most popular brand of cigarettes was Embassy. In fact, from 1976 to 2005 Embassy used to sponsor the World Snooker Championships - until this collection of
killjoys brain-dead idiots f'wits brought in the smoking ban. The popularity of Embassy was probably because that in every packet was a coupon and having collected the requisite number they could be exchanged for goods - bit like Green Shield Stamps, if any readers remember them.
Anyway, it would appear that like the cigarette, any British Embassy is about to disappear in what may be termed a 'puff of EU smoke'. Oh this is being sold as a British Government initiative to reduce costs and one of the 'cuts' that is hopefully going to bail Gordon Brown out of the 'deficit hole' he has dug for himself.
Witness this story from the Mail: "The European Commission unveiled plans yesterday for travellers to be able to use the consular services of any EU country and suggested members could merge their embassies". (my emphasis). This is nothing new - two years ago the Daily Telegraph carried this story: "A vicious battle over who should control the diplomatic corps has broken out between national governments and the European Commission". As we will shortly see, following ratification of the Libson Treaty, where there is a disagreement between national parliaments and the European Commission, the latter never lose!
It could reasonably be thought what has happened is that 'behind closed doors' a deal has been struck whereby certain countries will shut their embassies as an EU embassy is to be opened. Then this present mendacious group of lying bastards that calls itself our government will, when this is announced by the EU, try to convince us that the plan was an example of Britain having a say in - and determining - EU policy!
As in all 'matters EU', whether it is weights & measures, immigration, finance markets, industry - you name it - it makes a bit of a mockery of the preamble to the Treaty on European Union where that preamble states: "......while respecting their history, their culture and their traditions".
Our politicians - be they blue, red or yellow - and the EU surely deserve each other as it is a 'marriage made in hell'!