EU Attacks Google for Being Successful

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The European Commission is pushing forward with its mission to kneecap Google’s European operation, following through on their long held view that the search giant’s business practices are ‘anti-competitive’. Yesterday the Commission’s antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager confirmed that Google will be charged with skewing search results in favour of its own Google Shopping service; the charge will be the first of a multi-pronged attack on Google’s services. The Commission is looking to force Google to promote rival firms’ offers… 

There’s one problem with the allegation that Google is using its muscle to unfairly dominate the online shopping sphere – Google Shopping is doing terribly. Just take a look at this graph of unique visitors to UK shopping sites.

shopping sites in the uk

Or this one from France.

shopping sites in france

The online shopping market in Europe is booming with competing services enjoying the same low barrier to entry. The only surprise is how Google is doing so badly..

Techno wonders what would have happened if “Quaero“, the attempt to create a state backed “European Google killer” had not failed spectacularly. Would the EU Commission, who authorised €99 million of spending on the crap project, be so keen to stick the boot in if it was promoting its own services on its own site?

Tony Blair: Public Too Thick For EU Vote

Well reading between the lines:

“Remember the relief we felt when Scotland voted no. Why was that? Because towards the end, having paid only intermittent attention to the enormity of the decision, we awoke to it and realised – I think with shock – how close we had come to relegating ourselves from the Premier League of nations. Now think if the vote had gone the other way. It doesn’t bear thinking of. It would be exactly the same with a vote on Europe. We’re frankly not much focused on it now. But that is the same semi-conscious torpor that almost led us to disaster in keeping the UK together.”

Basically he is saying the people don’t think about these things hard enough, so we can’t risk them getting it wrong by giving them the chance.

Because Tony Blair never got anything wrong in the face of popular opinion now, did he…

 

Siemens Slam Miliband for Labour FT Advert… Kellogg’s Also Frosty

A spokesman for Siemens UK is not a happy bunny about Labour’s full page advert in the FT this morning, which quoted their CEO Juergen Maier:

“…we were not told it would be used in an advert.

We were not given any warning.

We are apolitical, we don’t endorse political parties, we wouldn’t have agreed to be in an advert for the Labour Party.

The feeling is that they have overstepped the line.”

Guido hears Kellogg’s are pretty frosty about it all too…

 

Comprehensive Study Finds 64.7% of UK Laws Made in Brussels

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Research from Business for Britain published today takes a detailed statistical approach to the question of who makes Britain’s laws. On the one hand we had Nick Clegg claiming in his debate with Nigel Farage that only 7% of British laws were made in Brussels. On the other side Nigel Farage, quoting Viviane Reding, the former European Commissioner for Justice, claimed 75% of legislation originates from the EU. Turns out Nigel was far closer…

Today’s report‘s key findings:

  • Between 1993 and 2014, 64.7% of UK law can be deemed to be EU-influenced. EU regulations accounted for 59.3%t of all UK law. UK laws implementing EU directives accounted for 5.4% of total laws in force in UK.
  • This body of legislation  driven by EU regulations consists of 49,699 exclusively ‘EU’ regulations, 4,532 UK measures which implement EU directives and 29,573 UK only laws.

Analysis of the EU’s influence on British law is continually hijacked for political purposes, leading to disputes over the true number:

Estimates UK law Made in Brussels

Nobody believes the 7% figure Nick Clegg advanced in his disastrous debate with Nigel Farage. Europhiles like to cite the various House of Commons Library which put the percentage in the mid-teens, however EU regulations are transposed into national law without passing through Parliament. Hence they do not appear in studies by the House of Commons Library which most recently estimated the proportion of EU legislation at just 13.3%. If most of our laws and regulations are being made abroad without reference to parliament, do we really need full-time MPs in Westminster?

Occupy Europe House

  • Eurosceptics Take Over EU’s Taxpayer-Funded London Base This Afternoon

Guido is heading down to a gathering of Eurosceptic troublemakers plotting Brexit in Westminster this afternoon. O-Patz and Bill Cash are turning out alongside highly quotable Labour donor and perennial referendum-caller, John Mills. Where else to hold the conference than Europe House, once Conservative Central Office before it was bought by EU bureaucrats with £20 million of EU taxpayer cash, becoming the EU parliament’s base in Britain. “What do we want, Brexit, when do we want it, some time in 2017…”

THE VAN THAT HATED BRITAIN

+ Labour’s Pink Van Paid For By Taxpayer
+ Made in Turkey at Cost of 500 British Jobs
+ Funded By €190 Million EU Loan Raised By UK Taxpayer

Is there anything British about Labour’s sexist pink van? 500 jobs were lost when the Ford Transit factory in Southampton was closed down in 2012 and relocated to Turkey. In a further slap in the face for British workers, the EU’s European Investment Bank then approved a €190 million loan for the new Turkish site, raised on the back of UK taxpayer funding for the bank. So Labour’s pink van was made in Turkey thanks to the loss of UK jobs, funded by an EU loan paid for by us. The only thing British about it is that it was paid for by the British taxpayer…

Labour Campaign Guru Sends Attack Six Months Late

Douglas Alexander, the Shadow Foreign Secretary / Sidelined Election Boss / Soon To Be Former MP has jumped on comments from Sajid Javid, who told a Lobby lunch that he would not shed a tear should Britain leave the EU.

Just as he said in an interview last week, and just as he said last year.

This is nothing new, yet here come the press releases:

“We already know that the Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, would contemplate a British exit. Now the Culture Secretary has added his name to the list of Tory politicians who would be willing to put jobs and investment at risk by pulling Britain out of Europe.”

Now? Six months late. If this is the level of attention Wee Dougie is paying, then no wonder he’s up the creek…

Javid Joins Plain Packs Cabinet Split
Culture Secretary: We Shouldn’t Be “Frightened” of Brexit

Sajid Javid has joined the 80 to 100 Tory MPs considering voting against the government at Jane Ellison’s plain packs free vote. In his House magazine interview today, the Culture Secretary issued a thinly-veiled dig at the health zealots in his party ignoring evidence from Australia that the world’s toughest anti-smoking laws there ain’t working:

“I will be driven by the evidence. I haven’t decided yet which way I’m going to vote. What I’m taking into account already is that there’s a lot that’s already been done. I don’t smoke but people choose to do so, that’s up to them.

I think government has a duty to try and discourage people. We do that through the tax system at the moment, we do that through the recent rules that came in about newsagents putting tobacco products behind their covers. But also from April this year there’s a new EU directive that 65% of the pack has to be a health warning. When I lived in Singapore they already had that rule and they have some pretty gruesome, hard-hitting health warnings.

So these are big changes already taking place. I’m fully aware that Australia has been among the first countries to use the plain packs. I’m not sure if there’s enough evidence yet, given it’s quite recent, about the impact that can have. But I think that whenever one looks at these kind of changes, you need to be driven by the evidence.”

Saj also becomes the second top Tory in 24 hours – after Boris yesterday – to make Eurosceptic noises. On an EU referendum he says “if they [the public] decide to end that relationship then that is not something anyone should be frightened of”. Wonder what they both have in common…

Boris Backs Brexit (Possibly)

In every modern Tory leadership election the candidate who has made the most anti-EU noises has won. Ergo, here is Boris’ intervention in this week’s Time magazine:

“I think Brexit is possible … [Britain] would very rapidly come to an

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Fate of Eurozone Rests in Hands of Videogame Expert

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It was confirmed today that the finance Minister of Greece and thus by proxy the person charged with saving the Eurozone will be the economist Yanis Varoufakis, a self described “erratic Marxist” with an interesting recent job history – […]

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EU Fan Boys: Euroscepticism = Anti-Semitism


To celebrate Holocaust Memorial Day, EU lobbying group British Influence have published a tasteful piece attempting to link anti-Semitism to Euroscepticism:

“It is no coincidence that rising anti-Semitism and warnings of a “Jewish exodus” from Europe come at a time

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EU Removes Hamas From Terror List Days After Rocket Parade

Another stunning intervention on international affairs from the European Union. The second highest court in Europe has today decreed that Palestinian terrorist organisation Hamas be removed from the EU’s official terror blacklist, claiming the description of the group as terrorists […]

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