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Tuesday, 31 May 2005


I have been waking up to the sight of these young cows grazing in the meadow opposite.

For some time I wanted to mention the research that suggests a 74 percent failure rate of implants over 10 years (for those undergoing reconstructive surgery the incidence is higher).  I am always amazed at the popularity of this surgery.

Anyway, today I had a request to say something about the European Constitutional Treaty, which has been so resoundingly rejected by France in her referendum on Sunday past and is probably to be rejected by the Netherlands tomorrow.  There is so much to be said about Europe, but I think the bottom line is that there is what has been called a democratic deficit in Europe.  The HPR article I link to above is sceptical as to whether the new constitutional treaty will improve the situation (it seems to take a wait and see approach).  I think that if the drafters of the constitutional treaty had boldly tackled this problem it might be easy to make a case for supporting the treaty.  As someone who supports the European Union (but who also supports democracy) I find it difficult to feel any support for this treaty.

Posted by bigblue on 31/05/2005 at 10:50 PM
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