My commentary from the Employment Committee Meeting of 10th and 11th July
2012, last before the summer break, did not appear; it was a complete
mess. This was scheduled for Tuesday 10th July 2012 starting in the
morning, going on all day and then for the morning of Wednesday 11th July
2012. Voting in our committee usually takes place on the morning of the
second day, in this case, Wednesday11th July, but they brought that
forward to the Tuesday morning.
I had already arranged to travel on the Tuesday morning to get there at
midday and so to Committee in the afternoon. I was not prepared to alter
travel arrangements to get there on the Monday, which I had set aside to
produce my latest column for the Lincolnshire Echo, due in that day.
So I missed the Voting and attended the afternoon. Cyprus having just
taken over the Presidency their Minister for Labour addressed the
Committee. For an hour, including questions from the floor, she went on
with all the usual platitudes. “We must introduce programmes to boost
Employment, to help the Economy, we need growth....”, but without any
specific plan to resolve any of it.
I needed to take a break after that, I had other business to attend to and
went back in good time for the last Debate on the list, “Public
Procurement”. I envisaged making another comment or two about Bombardier.
Imagine my feelings when I got to the Committee Room with an hour to
spare before close of business to find that they had finished, all desks
were being cleared. I then discovered that the Wednesday morning session
I was rather annoyed about that. After all, if you have read my previous
Commentary from Strasbourg you will know that this Committee had a Voting
Session of two hours during Plenary Session (on Thursday morning) taking
us out of attending the Plenary. That was only four days before Committee
and they could have done all those votes on the Wednesday morning instead
of cancelling that session.
As a result of that shambles I have otherwise nothing to tell you about
the last Committee before the Summer recess. I therefore offer you some
light Summer viewing. Please see below two links, the first of which is
from the Politics Show of last Sunday with me and Bill Newton Dunn. I’m
not particularly happy with my effort but you can make your own mind up.
The second link is from the EFD Group with a very great number of videos
and other material. Enjoy!
(View this at 31.30 along on the scroll bar on the video)
Link to videos/commentaries/news etc for UKIP MEPS