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Something Faustian

Reportedly "A black day" and "A gentleman's agreement" now join many others in the growing list of prohibited and/or politically incorrect expressions, identified at enormous public expense by quangos, tirelessly working day and night for a better and more equal society. Am I surprised? Of course not.

I'm not yet sure of the status of "White collar worker" or indeed "Black humour" but perhaps one of my readers has the answer?

As most of us know, our great nation totters on the edge of bankruptcy but Treasury statistics revealed by The Sunday Times, show that the UK's net contribution to the European Union will increase from £4.1 billion this year to £6.4 billion in the next financial year (2010-2011).

Can we afford it, certainly not. Would the public support it? Of course not and it's now only a matter of weeks before the Irish Republic are forced to vote again on the 'Lisbon Treaty' they only recently rejected. This time around and sweetened in an effort to reverse the decision of the Irish people, a "Yes" vote would put the controversial treaty – which transfers national powers to Brussels and creates a powerful new EU president – on course to become law in all 27 member states.

Perhaps then, we can look forward to Tony Blair being President of Europe by Christmas, with Peter Mandleson, to all intents and purposes running Britain as Gordon Brown gnaws on his fingernails in anticipation of a Spring General Election. There's something vaguely Faustian about the whole idea!

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