Friday, June 23, 2006

Patriotism, French-style

FE has got hold of the breakdown of signatures on Written Declaration 33 which is doing the rounds asking for the insanity of the Strasbourg trip to be abolished.

So, leading the way are Swedish MEPs, with an impressive 57.9% signing the declaration; Britain is a close second with 56.4% (although, given how f****** impossible it is to get to Strasbourg from anywhere in the UK, one wonders who are the 42.9 who HAVEN'T signed??).

Anyway, the real story is who has been whipped by their governments not to sign. Let's see: France 0.0% of MEPs have signed. What a shock. Also, they got to their neighbours pretty quick: Luxembourg 0.0%; Spain 1.9% and Belgium 8.9% are all amongst the lowest signatories.

As a quick aside, if anyone from Slovakia, Malta or Greece reads this: what have the French offered you in exchange for none of your MEPs signing this? Answers on a postcard (or in the comments box)...

Mannekin Pis

UPDATE: FE now knows why Slovakia are siding with the French: they just feel sorry for them!


Blogger David Webster said...

what would probably be more telling is the percentage of members of the public who've signed it who're from a particular country.

If more than 0% of all signatories are French, for example, then that would show us whether French MEPs are just being silly or whether it actually is what their constituents want.

I would wager that the majority of signatories are in the major eurosceptic nations: Britain, Denmark and possibly Sweden.

June 27, 2006 9:28 am  
Anonymous Olly Kaye said...

I agree, do you have these figures anywhere Fortress?

July 04, 2006 3:12 pm  

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