You might think there's more important things to think about over this decision to stay in or leave the European Union. The questions over sovereignty perhaps, cooperation, the economy, our place in the world. But here's one that is to us quite striking. Whoever it is that is actually running the European Union is certifiably insane:
A new European Union regulation that came into force on 1 May is causing chaos among holidaymakers heading to Switzerland who hire a car.
The rule bans EU citizens from driving non-EU registered hire cars in the EU. But with Switzerland, a non-member, at the heart of Europe there are problems at car hire offices: a Swiss-registered hire car cannot be driven across the border to France, Germany, Italy or Austria by an EU citizen (such as a Briton). If the driver behind the wheel is Swiss, that it is permissible – as it is if the hirer has come from outside the EU.
It is not possible to discern one iota of a scintilla or sense in that law.
If granny starts stuffing pencils up her nose then we know that the cruel affliction of dementia has arrived and we call the doctors. When the dog starts frothing at the mouth and avoiding the water bowl the rabies is the diagnosis and a swift and merciful end the solution.
When a law making body decides to make laws that are insane then we should leave that law making body.
As we say there are other considerations as well: but this alone is convincing to us. As so often it is in the small things that madness first appears.