Thursday, May 12

Working Knowledge and Time

The egregious BBC hackette Martha Kearney – slated as successor to Andrew Marr – was interviewed on Wednesday night by Paxman on Newsnight. Showing her erudition on things European, she explained to him what was going to happen now that the amendment to the Working Time Directive (WTD) had been agreed by the EU parliament, telling him: ''…this isn't the end of the story. It still has to go to the Council of Europe…

As we all know, and Martha Kearney should know, the Council of Europe is not a part of the European Union and the WTD is not '' to go'' there anyway, there is no point.

Since most staff journalists have contracted out of the WTD the salient point that the compulsory compliance with the directive will have a negative impact on competitiveness in business will now, I hope, hit home. Perhaps also some better understanding of how the EU works might be reported.

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