Monday, 17 October 2011

The Latest EU Folly

The new European Parliament visitors centre opened last Friday.  The 65,000 square feet, three storey building, called 'Parliamentarium' should have opened three years ago and the delays, according to Klaus Welle, the Parliament's secretary general, were caused by a shortage of "qualified staff" to run the centre.

Marta Andreasen, a UKIP deputy, claims MEPs were 'misled since the beginning of the project' and insists the cost has risen from €15.3m to €23.5m (32%) rather than the 21% Klaus Welle continually states.

The Mail's M E Synon has participated in the Grand Tour and she notes one particular aspect which should concern us all. The centre is designed for school children who can participate in 'multi-modal role play' - in other words brainwashing.

It may be a good idea for Scots not to waste their time and money visiting this latest taxpayer-funded propaganda centre:

Brace yourself, Edinburgh.
For a start, the city is called 'Edinburgh in the United Kingdom' which will be a bit startling for any Scots visitors. Then the voice -- choose any one of 23 languages -- tells you that Edinburgh 'is where JK Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter books. Harry Potter is one of Europe's best known and well-loved stories. The stories belong to all of us.'

Read her whole article and weep.


Oldrightie said...

it looks like a Gulag.

Joe Public said...

"The 6,041 sq metre ..... building .." surely?

JRB said...

I believe that the European Parliament Visitors Centre has agreed to adopt a ‘modified’ English as its official language.

In agreeing to this adoption plan, the British Government has conceded that certain grammatical structures and spelling anomalies within the English language had some room for improvement and consequently it has accepted a 5 year transition plan to the ‘modified’ English.

In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c".
Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy.
The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of "k".
This should klear up any konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f".
This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.
Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.
Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent "e" in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.

By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v".

During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensibl riten styl.

Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza.

Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.


Woodsy42 said...

But without wishing to annoy all you folks north of the border (grin) Edinburgh IS in the United Kingdom!

More seriously maybe this faux pas will help the Scots appreciate how the English feel when our towns and cities are continuously labelled as being in GB or UK rather than England.

(Or you might get muddled with the ones in Minneapolis or Ottawa)

JohnB said...

I should like folk to read this before commenting further:

It has some more facts about the matter.


RMcGeddon said...

Tonight's LabourTV programme about RBS had a commentator who said that when an institution had a folly and a fountain then they were finished.
Sir Fred the Shred finished RBS after building his folly and fountain so hopefully totalitarian Rumpey Van Pumpey will finish the EU.

subrosa said...

Spot on OR as they're places where people get 're-educated' aren't they?

subrosa said...

I got my info from the Telegraph Joe and it says feet. :)

subrosa said...

Wonderful JRB, that deserves a post of its own. Will I?

subrosa said...

Not for long Woodsy, not for long if the Scots get their act together. :)

subrosa said...

John B, has that blogger actually visited the place? I haven't I admit but Ms Synon has and if you read her article it gives quite an insight into what's going on.

I do know someone who will visit it before the end of the year, so I will have some objective second hand information then.

It's not the cost of the building which concerns me, it's the content.

subrosa said...

We can but wish RM.

Leg-iron said...

Heh. So Edinburgh is only famous for JK Rowling now. History used to be older when I was at achool.

Soon Glasgow will begin with Rab C Nesbitt, Liverpool will be founded by Oasis, Birmingham built by Slade and Wales entirely contructed out of papier mache and wool by Charlotte Church.

Perhaps, one day, Aberdeen will be famous for... me.

I wonder, if, when this EU nonsense is over, anyone will remember there was a world before it existed.

Leg-iron said...

"Her stories belong to all of us".

No they don't. She has copyright. If she's not careful though, her money will soom belong to the EU.

Crinkly & Ragged Arsed Philosophers said...

JRB -I was amused,until I realised that was my spell checker buggered.

subrosa said...

I did say it was a propaganda centre LI. :)

Woodsy42 said...

"Not for long Woodsy, not for long if the Scots get their act together. :)"

You mean you would want to go independent and claim the Eu centre for yourselves? That would deprive the rest of the UK of this wonderful uplifting monument to the spirit of prosperity, friendship and politcal freedom embodied by the EU.
Fortunately we are generous here in England and might be persuaded to let you keep it, after all they can easily build us another :-)

subrosa said...

Now there's a though Woodsy - it could be a Scottish embassy.

Mind you, as OR says it's architecture lacks somewhat so perhaps my idea is a non-starter.

I'm sure you won't go without though. Dave and Nick will be happy to provide.

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