If you've been reading the papers over the past few days, you may have noticed that some of the Sceptic Tank's fellow Brits are none too keen on our European neighbours.
There are plenty of legitimate reasons for this, what with their pesky environmental and workforce protections, their ability to speak languages that are far sexier than ours, their benign climate and higher quality of life and, of course, their apparent willingness to push the global economy off a cliff.
And then there are the less legitimate reasons for the anti-European tendency, which mostly boil down to, erm, racism.
As a rule our continental cousins are good enough to turn a blind eye to our periodic bouts of thinly veiled xenophobic whingeing, but now it looks as if we might have gone too far.
No, we're not talking about this week's futile attempt to force a referendum on the UK's EU membership, but a humiliating development that was far less widely reported. Namely, the news that, when holidaying on the continent, the Brits are the worst at recycling.
Yup, that's right, over the summer months we don't just export drunkness, vandalism and STDs, we act as a drag on our neighbours' recycling rates.
According to a study from French resort operator Pierre & Vacances that has winged its way to the Sceptic Tank's inbox, packaging from British brands was more commonly disposed of incorrectly than waste from any other nation.
The remarkably forgiving Cathy Rankin, UK & Ireland sales and marketing director for Pierre & Vacances, suggested that the problem is not because Brits are unwilling to recycle, but because "they don't fully understand how it is done in France".
But the Sceptic Tank is not so sure, and would completely understand if the French added "poor recyclers" to the litany of grievances they are undoubtedly keeping as examples of our recent less than collegiate behaviour.
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