North’s law of bureaucracy is simple to state: “Eventually, some bureaucrat will follow the rules exactly and do something incomparably silly.”
A fine example of this law is a regulation from the European Union’s bureaucrats that sellers of bottled water are not allowed to claim that their products, made of 100% water, reduce dehydration.
De-hydration = removal of water. Are we agreed. So, if you replace the missing water with water, you reverse de-hydration. Right? Not in Europe. Not any longer. That was then. This is now. We read in the London Telegraph:
EU officials concluded that, following a three-year investigation, there was no evidence to prove the previously undisputed fact.
Producers of bottled water are now forbidden by law from making the claim and will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the edict, which comes into force in the UK next month.
Margaret Thatcher in 1988 warned her countrymen not to go into the EU. She lost her position as Prime Minister because of this in 1990. She was right. They were wrong.
The EU is about to tighten its grip on national finances. There will probably be a revision of the EU treaties that authorizes the EU to impose sanctions on countries that do not meet the EU’s deficit standards. The European Central Bank will be authorized to buy government bonds of PIIGS nations.
Why? Because the Eurocrats designed a monetary system that has led Europe to the abyss of bad debt. Solution: more bad debt. Big government rewards those who make bad decisions.
If you want to knw what’s coming, have a glass of water when you are thirsty. Then consider the fact that European bottled water does not reverse dehydration.
And never forget: EVIAN spelled backwards is naive.