1. La Corriere has an interesting piece today:
There is a public office in Italy where there is a manager for every six employees. It is located in Norman Palace, Palermo – the president of the Sicilian Region’s office. But the governor Raffaele Lombardo knows that he is not the only European to lead an army full of generals. British Prime Minister James [?] Cameron is in his own conditions: even in Downing Street each manager has an average of six subjects [LOL]. The fact is that even numbers are more or less the same. Cameron has 198 officers, 192 Lombard. As for employees, the Cabinet Office, the equivalent of our Presidency of the Council, it has 1,337: less than forty-eight of the 1,385 that the president of the Sicilian Region counted at the end of 2011.
Ah, those naughty Lombards.
2. Falkvinge had an interesting piece yesterday:
Today at 12:56, the European Parliament decided whether ACTA would be ultimately rejected or whether it would drag on into uncertainty. In a crushing 478-to-39 vote, the Parliament decided to reject ACTA once and for all. This means that the deceptive treaty is now dead globally. This is a day of celebration. This is the day when citizens of Europe and the world won over unelected bureaucrats who were being wooed and lobbied by the richest corporations of the planet. The battleground wasn’t some administrative office, but the representatives of the people – the European Parliament – which decided in the end to do its job beautifully, and represent the people against special interests.[H/T Chuckles]
Remains to be seen how much of a victory it was.