Relaxing whilst doing Competition Law is not an Oxymoron

Show must go on

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The very existence of this post is proof that yesterday’s announcement was a scam.

The idea of this post germinated a year ago. Alfonso and I were pondering about the actual impact on the blog, and how would people react if we ever shut it. We thought we should one day announce that we had a fight (we mean a real one, after a heavy night out), and that the blog would close. For a whole bunch of reasons, we eventually never published this post.

Yesterday,  it crossed my mind that the time was ripe for a post like this.

First, we had been silent for 5 days.

Second, we posted nothing on 1 April.

Third, and more importantly, my professional life lies at a juncture. I have taken way too many commitments in recent years, and I need to address a huge input>output situation. I have discussed the issue at length with friends, and I came to the conclusion that I have to scrap various things in my activities. The blog belongs to the list of activities, but for some reason, I keep on thinking that we should continue. This natural experiment just confirmed it, thereby leaving open the issue of  how to calibrate an effective structural remedy (GCLC, my courses in Lille, BSC, etc.?).

Fourth, on Tuesday this blog was eventually accepted on Adwords publishing platform. With this, our incentives have changed :). We must now make sure that our posts generate  a sizeable amount of traffic (how could we otherwise finance the chillincompetition conference?). And with more than 1000 visits and 17 comments, this post shows that we are up to the challenge.  BTW: our decision to run ads has nothing to do with the somewhat weird, and coincidental Almunia ukaz on the very same day (or with other coincidental reasons).

Finally, whilst the mud throwers have been quite vocal on this blog in past months, the silent army of readers friends only occasionally gives feedback. With this post, we received many nice messages and comments from sad readers (in particular within the Spanish readership). In fact, I’d never have thought that there would be so many reactions. And the post has revealed a number of interesting things:

  • Alfonso has a big fan, who will soon be invited for a free lunch;
  • A complaint before DG COMP is apparently under way, with allegations that we abusively refuse to supply;
  • Competition is one click away, and we now have a new competitor (;
  • We are discussed daily at the university of Chicago, wow!;
  • Bengoshi was the first to suspect a joke (he also gets a free lunch);
  • M-Lex and Competition 360 have made no annoucement about our fake separation. We still need to get bigger !

Please note that the decision to publish this post was mine, and mine only. In no way, this reflects the opinions of my learned co-blogger and Friend Alfonso (who nonetheless suggested the title of this post).

To conclude, thanks to the very many of you who read us, and who will keep doing so.

Written by Nicolas Petit

25 May 2012 at 1:22 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

6 Responses

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  1. Thank God. I can sleep now.

    Milana Bonita

    25 May 2012 at 1:31 pm

  2. I am so glad you decided to continue, cos you share competition law issues in a very non-conventional way,.also the special guests interviews, keeping myself updated with competition issues through subscribing here- this site is informative. I subscribe to this site not long before Mr Petit came to Gent for a guest lecture. So having seen him in person- I can almost imagine him talking through this blog posts. Yes, please keep this up, you have many fans following this site!

    Indeed, the show must go on 😉 lol, don’t we just love the angry bird look on the new site.

    Li Li

    25 May 2012 at 1:39 pm

  3. Was you kidding, Nico or checking your soft market power. But i like you move. It was a chilled joke.

    Avinash Dadhich

    25 May 2012 at 1:40 pm

  4. Apart from his well appreciated abilities as an entertaining speaker, with the controversial first post Petit has demonstrated his talent for drama. Second post is good news for many people.


    25 May 2012 at 2:23 pm

  5. Pew! I was on my way to the bar to drink away my sorrows there, when I noticed this last and most welcome post. Now I’ll rather cheer to the continued existence of your most learned and entertaining blog! Thanks Alfonso and Nicolas!


    25 May 2012 at 3:21 pm

  6. I belong to the Spanish wild bunch of readers. Thanks a lot for going on. Nobody is entitled to demand you so an effort, but plenty of people are glad about it. An idea: Have you thought of hiring a “ghost writer” such as lots of famous writers??? 😉


    27 May 2012 at 2:43 pm

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