Personally, we love cookies (our favourite is double chocolate choc-chip) so our policy is to eat them whenever possible, preferably accompanied by a mug of steaming hot freshly ground coffee. However, we're easy to please, but our computer is much fussier and does not like to eat those bland and indigestible bits of text that are used to store information on your computer. So:
The new EU Cookie Law is intended to help stop covert tracking of people's online activities (a laudable aim) but the law is so vaguely and badly written that it can in fact be taken to apply to just about anything and everything - including, for example, sites that use passwords for secure access (think payment sites, for example) and everybody who uses online shopping carts. If a merchant did not keep track of what you put into your shopping card, the contents would vanish every time you changed a web page, and you'd soon become a very unhappy shopper.
The only place where cookies are used by this website for anything at all is for basic analytic purposes - Google Analytics are used to keep track of the number of visitors to the site, and more pragmatically, to gather anonymous navigation information which helps us sort out the occasional problem with broken links, search engines that point to old or non-existent pages, and so forth. This is all anonymised - there is no 'personal' or 'user specific' information associated with the cookie. Google works with cookies, and so we have no choice about using them here.