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It's the EUrovision Song Contest

Be afraid, be very afraid:

"The European Year of Equal Opportunities for All 2007 is proud to announce its official partnership with the Eurovision Song Contest 2007. For the first time in almost twenty years, an official European Union initiative will be associated with this international music competition, connecting Europeans from all around the continent. The European Year's main objectives are to celebrate the benefits of diversity and promote equal opportunities for all".

Can't say that the Eurovision Song Contest is really my cup of tea, but with good company and a plentiful supply of booze it can be a harmless, fluffy entertainment of an evening, with one eyebrow metaphorically raised for the duration. However, regarding Eurovision as an exercise in post-modern entertainment for urban cynics would appear to be all wrong, so over to Vladimír Špidla, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, who has the details:

The Eurovision Song Contest is a perfect platform for informing people about their rights to equal treatment and for spreading the benefits of diversity all around Europe. What better framework than a vibrant European-wide entertainment event bringing together all the different cultures and flavours of Europe?

I suspect that Eurovision is not first choice viewing Chez Špidla, who seems
a rather serious chap
, although given to grimacing, apparently. He might be a Social Democrat, but he clearly isn't all bad as he refused to pursue office or a grand career in the then Czechoslovakia despite an impressive academic track record, as "In fact, a respectable person did not make a special career in my country at that time. So, following my studies I occupied different positions in different sectors very often just as a worker" (all very much sic, and from his EU biography)

Anyway, should the Euro Commissariat gets its greasy little mitts on song selection and the voting procedure, I foresee the viewing figures falling well short of those for the shopping channels on Christmas Day.


We've had some fun with this before, and as Verity said last time, "It does not promote LOVE and PEACE". I fear Špidla is not one of my readers.....

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Blogger Ed said... 1:36 pm

Equal Opportunities for All? Unless you're a tall white man applying to be a Police Officer.  



Blogger Newmania said... 2:23 pm

promote equal opportunities for all".

Does that mean there will be an opportunity for going out and not seeing again ? I do hope so  



Blogger james higham said... 3:35 pm

The Eurovision Song Contest is a perfect platform for informing the people of Europe about new initiatives on their behalf, such as summary detention, pan-EU army, joint intelligence centres, the ersatz constitution and the coming war with the NAU.  



Anonymous nomad said... 3:51 pm

... all the different cultures and flavours of Europe... Ah! So that's kilt or lederhosen clad, sombrero wearing Walloons, playing their zithers and alpenhorns whilst munching on fois gras and chips, plus a curry pizza with a hint of sauerkraut and olive oil on the side then? You can provide the drinks.

Comme toujours: nul points  



Anonymous this guy said... 4:17 pm

"vibrant entertainment"? Christ.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 5:29 pm

I think we should all be rather nervous, frankly....  



Anonymous nomad said... 3:19 am

Sorry - of coure meant foie gras. Sticky fingers...  



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