Greeneland exists

Beyond satire


Grahame Greene's Our Man in Havana tells the story of James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman living in Batista's Cuba, who is recruited to work for the British Secret Service. He has no information so simply makes it up. He says he has a network of informants and sends a circuit diagram of a vacuum cleaner claiming that this is the plan of a secret military site. The service sends extra staff to Cuba to help Wormold. When the deception is finally revealed, rather than admit they were taken in by his invented sketch, and afraid that their agency would lose all credibility with others if the affair were exposed, the top officers of the service assign Wormold to headquarters and decorate him with an OBE.

Do They Work For You?

MEPs skip work - a German view

Politicians and bureaucrats in the European Union - many of whom are unelected have tried to belittle and dismiss
the Irish NO vote on the Lisbon Treaty. President Sarkozy using somewhat intemperate language typified opinion in Brussels:
They [the Irish] are bloody fools. They have been stuffing their faces at Europe's expense for years and now they dump us in the s***."
Nicolas Sarkozy, French President (Times, 20 June)
These are our leaders now.

Posted on EU Referendum

The EU hierarchy are now trying to bully other nations to ratify the treaty quickly. Please write to Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, offering him your support and letting him know he is not alone, despite the immense pressure he is under from other EU leaders to continue to ratify the Treaty regardless of the Irish no vote.

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