The Assembly of European Regions reckons no-one takes the concept of subsidiarity seriously enough in Europe and so they have embarked on a campaign to do something about it. So they decided to get one of their staff to jump off the old bridge in Mostar while at the same time the entire crowd watching shouted ‘Subsidiarity’, trying to get a new world record for the largest number of people shouting subsidiarity all at once. I don’t suspect anyone’s ever tried to set that record before, and I wonder whether the Guiness Book of Records accepts such things?
If you’re interested the AER press release is here, and the jump is 3:50 into the video below. Judging by the crowd they probably did set some sort of record.
AER’s idea is that the word subsidiarity should be included in more dictionaries, and also in the spellchecker in Microsoft Word (it’s already in the one in Wordpress!) as it’s such a vital concept for the future of the EU… The principle in itself is fine (it’s central to federalism as far as I’m concerned) but why, oh why, would you want to jump off a bridge to talk about a rather arcane concept of governmental organisation? It’s beyond me, and I even know what subsidiarity is and I think it’s important.
At lunch today with a friend we tried to work out what would be the most EU-geekish thing you could do in a similar vein. We reckoned we should get Richard Corbett to jump off the top of the Pont de Buda in Brussels, and get a crowd to scream ‘Comitology’!