Here we go again.   The placebo-pushers are on the move.  And unfortunately I read here that an Irish MEP is to the fore in promoting this nonsense:

“The third EU Homeopathy Day will be hosted by Marian Harkin MEP in the European Parliament on 23 March. Organised by the European associations of patients, practitioners, doctors and pharmacists of homeopathy and the European homeopathic and anthroposophic medicine industry association, the event will focus on the need to respect the choices and preferences of the 100 million users of homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine in Europe and to act on their request for the integration of homeopathy and complementary medicine into health care policy.”

It appears that the European Commission plans to launch a review of EU pharmaceutical laws, so the homeopathy quacks feel that it’s a good time to launch a lobbying push in Brussels.  They want  the EU to require all member states to provide access to their worthless products  from publicly-funded health systems.  That’s your taxes, dear reader, that will be used to promote products that have never been shown to have any beneficial effect, except possibly at the level of a placebo, other than in dodgy and biased tests. 

What next? Free witchcraft services for medical card holders? Read the rest of this entry »

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Ireland has benefited greatly from membership of the EU, and hopefully it will continue to do so as a full and commited member.  However, to be deeply involved in and to respect an institution of which one is a member does not mean that one suspends one’s critical facilities or simply stands back when one believes that the instution is heading in the wrong direction with its policies.

This is what has been happening for many years with the EU, which has been engaged in a centralisation of power and legislative capacity towards its own institutions at the expense of lawmakers and citizens in individual member states.  What is most difficult to cope with is that there does not seem to be a coherent philosophy which underpins this drift towards the centre; rather there is just an inexorable process which is driven mainly by the self-interest of the Commission, the Parliament and the European Court of Justice.   A recent report by the Institute of Economic Affairs has an excellent overview of this topic.

Thre are many areas of law-making which can undeniably be more effectively and coherently implemented at the EU level, but at present there is no simple way ensuring that the principle of Subsidiarity is adhered to (and the related proposals in the Lisbon Treaty are fairly toothless).  Read the rest of this entry »

Here we go …..

17 June, 2009

Why I Started a Blog

On Saturday, 13th June 2009, the Irish Times had an interesting profile on newly-elected MEP Joe Higgins.  It mentions “a smart, pinstriped D4 type [who] reaches across with a broad smile to shake his hand: ‘I don’t agree with you but I’m very pleased.’ Classic, says The Irish Times; not to mention contradictory”

It is a testament to the appalling mismanagement of the country by Fianna Fáil that    Read the rest of this entry »