Peter Mandelson, the European Union trade commissioner, was accused yesterday of hurting low-income families by imposing a new EU surcharge on children's shoes imported from Asia in an attempt to protect jobs in the ailing shoe industries of southern Europe.....
Brussels sources claim that Britain has already struck a deal with Italy to abstain over shoe tariffs in exchange for Italian support for a measure to limit Norwegian salmon imports into Britain.
A spokesman for Mr Mandelson said: "This is a fair and balanced system. While correcting the effects of unfair trade, the proposed allowance before dumping duties apply will allow substantial trade. A large proportion of children's shoes will enter the EU free of any anti-dumping duty."
Mandy - shut up, it is nothing to do with "unfair trade" or dumping but a simple stitch up of consumers to protect Italian cobblers and Scottish salmon farmers at the expense of the rest of us.
Europe - I wouldn't piss on it if it was on fire.