This week, MEPs are back to school, UK claims credit for European rule, and lonely Theresa May faces ridicule.
This week is a European Parliament plenary week, so it’s all eyes on Strasbourg. Among other things, MEPs voted for new rules to better protect children in cross-border family disputes.
EP TODAY: #EPlenary votes at noon new rules to better protect children in cross-border family disputes related to divorce, custody & child abduction
— EP PressService (@EuroParlPress) January 18, 2018
And banned the sale of so-called dual-use technologies to dictators who might use it to spy on their own citizens.
— EP PressService (@EuroParlPress) January 17, 2018
Irish leader, Leo Varadkar, showed up to talk about Transnational Lists.
— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) January 18, 2018
Causing Berlaymonster to share this handy guide on how to pronounce “Taoiseach”.
A pronunciation guide. pic.twitter.com/ePx8cNGRLZ
— Berlaymonster (@Berlaymonster) January 17, 2018
Howard Wood said it was a “great result for common sense,” as MEPs voted overwhelmingly to ban electric fishing.
— Howard Wood (@coastchair) January 16, 2018
Hipsters of Schuman was not so sure, claiming that “Pulse Fishing” was “the best electro-hop single to come out of Berlaymont back in 2011.”
"Pulse Fishing" was the name of my first of me and @KarmenuVella's first collab from way back in 2011. And it's still the best electro-hop single to come out of Berlaymont.
— Hipsters of Schuman (@HipstersSchuman) January 16, 2018
And Claudio said he was looking forward to “Michael Gove and the Tory government claiming credit” for abolishing the practice.
— Claudio #FBPEU (@Arciclaudio) January 16, 2018
That comment was a reaction to Westminster’s attempt to take responsibility for EU regulations to ban credit card charges and single-use plastic bags.
As Vanessa Mock pointed out, the abolition of card charges is part of new EU payment rules.
— Vanessa Mock (@vanessamock) January 15, 2018
And Martini Seltzermayr joked that the EU’s Plastics Strategy is “so green, we will even be recycling our old policy ideas.”
Our #PlasticsStrategy is so green, we will even be recycling our old policy ideas
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) January 16, 2018
But that didn’t stop Boris Johnson congratulating himself for “EU directives on plastic which the Tory government opposed and Tory MEPs voted against.”
Boris Johnson here taking credit for EU directives on plastic which the Tory government opposed and which Tory MEPs voted against. https://t.co/oo4UxeYGzE
— Otto English (@Otto_English) January 16, 2018
Mary McGonigal said the “irony meter” had gone sky-high.
Irony meter goes sky-high
Theresa May ridiculed in European Parliament for claiming credit for EU regulations – The Independent https://t.co/CzUrE2Bcmz
— Mary McGonigal (@PatricksPeople) January 16, 2018
And Embarrassed Brit said the UK is “officially now the laughing stock of Europe.”
Theresa May ridiculed in European Parliament for claiming credit for EU regulations https://t.co/tWrfEciOoE
We are officially now the laughing stock of Europe.
— Embarrassed Brit ???? #FBPE (@EmbarrassedBrit) January 16, 2018
Finally, the UK has appointed a Minister of Loneliness to tackle what Prime Minister Theresa May calls a “sad reality of modern life” for many citizens.
The U.K. has appointed a Minister of Loneliness to tackle what Prime Minister Theresa May calls a "sad reality of modern life" for many citizens. https://t.co/cWMCJWQG2T
— NPR (@NPR) January 18, 2018
Michael Smyth reckoned they have managed to “simultaneously create a new government department and a great name for a goth band.”
With the announcement by the government of the the new "Minister for Loneliness" they have managed to simultaneously created a new government department and a possibly great name for a new Goth Band. #MinisterforLoneliness #Tories #government
— michael smyth (@mikeeboosh) January 18, 2018
Bennett Arron asked “why is there only one Minister for Loneliness?”
Why is there only one Minister for Loneliness?
— Bennett Arron (@BennettArron) January 17, 2018
Have I Got News For You revealed the inspiration behind Theresa May’s appointment.
Revealed: the inspiration behind Theresa May appointing a Minister for Loneliness. pic.twitter.com/DAIwUDarmY
— HaveIGotNewsForYou (@haveigotnews) January 17, 2018
And Laura Perrins thought it one of the stupidest things she has read in a while. “The state cannot stop loneliness, but by encroaching on civil society, it sure has caused a lot of it,” she said.
Minister for loneliness is one of the stupidest things I have read in a while. State cannot stop loneliness. By encroaching on civil society though, it sure has caused a lot of it.
— Laura Perrins (@LPerrins) January 17, 2018
Joking aside, loneliness IS a serious issue and so we are supporting the suicide prevention charity Pieta House campaign, Darkness into Light, which launches next Wednesday at the European Parliament in Brussels. Check out the hashtag #DILBXL2018
Join me again next week for more screw ups, put downs and snarky asides in the Brussels Bubble Twittersphere and send in your suggestions using the hashtag #EUTweets.