Has this parliament a secret Verboten Word List?

In the European Parliament Thursday 18 July, Claire calls for a point of order to Mairead McGuinness asking if there is an approved list of ‘offensive’ banned words that are forbidden to be used. This comes after her fellow colleague, Louis Stedman-Bryce, was told that the word “rubbish” cannot be used. She claims that this … Read more

Will Philip Pullman forgive my ‘gross insult to Beethoven’?

“In my first week as an MEP, I was delighted to find that my Twitter feed included lots of interest in classical music and literature: Beethoven and Schiller. It soon became apparent that it wasn’t a cultured debate, but vicious condemnation of us turning our backs during “Ode to Joy”. The EU officials had demanded … Read more