by Andrew Stuttaford
Nero may have fiddled while Rome burned, but while Dublin founders, the illegitimarchs of Brussels prefer to do this (description via the website of the “Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union”):
For three days four EU commissioners cooked to their heart’s delight under the approving  eye of renowned chefs. The event was organised to highlight European cultural diversity.
It’s worth noting, of course, that the “cultural diversity” displayed at such events is of a distinctly Potemkin variety, roughly analagous to the old Soviet custom of regularly rolling out a troupe of folk dancers from some crushed nation or other whenever they wanted to reassure the easily duped that the USSR was indeed a happy brotherhood of free peoples.

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