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A Knave or a Fool?

The EU’s ‘Eurostat’ corruption scandal continues to develop satisfactorily for all those who wish Brussels ill. Conoisseurs of cant will be turning again to Chris Patten’s comment over the weekend that ‘it does not appear’ that the vanished funds went towards “mistresses’ furs or villas in the South of France.” Well, Chris, it does now appear that at least some of the money was spent on a riding club, a volleyball team, “extravagant” dinners, and trips to New York and the Bahamas. No fur coats or villas yet, however.


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