Just say no
I like to keep my political views to myself, if only
because I don't always manage to keep right up to date with the
latest trends (only last week I embarrassed myself by asking a
friend how come that Bush chap was still in charge in the US
when I distinctly remember that grey-haired saxophonist fellow
with the eye for the ladies taking the top job). And I must say
that I think some people close to our industry ought to take a
leaf out of my book, if only to avoid making a public spectacle
of themselves. For instance Sir Brian Williamson, former
chairman of Liffe, now a director of Euronext, who has just
signed himself up to an organisation called Vote No, which I am
led to believe is a bunch of old cronies keen to see the end of
the proposed EU constitution. Now I believe in freedom of
speech (at least I do when I'm getting paid by the word), and
everyone's entitled to their own opinion. But might I suggest
that the pan-European exchange Euronext might have benefited in
some way from closer ties between member states? Or does Sir
Brian believe that cross-border trading would have been just as
easy when you couldn't openly bring a few bottles of gin and
some cigarettes into the UK, let alone freely transfer money
all over the continent? Perhaps he's ok with all the money
stuff, it's just that when it gets down to the unpleasant
details of securing citizens' rights and so forth that the
issues at stake become all that much more complicated. Still,
good luck to Sir Brian, especially in the next Euronext board
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