"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Something Found

On Sunday I wrote Something Lost: Something Found about a missing link at the Telegraph on the implications of the European Arrest Warrant; well, it returned yesterday:

The number of Brits extradited expected to treble.

In eight months' time, when Britain officially joins the the Schengen Information System, officials estimate that between 1,050 and 1,700 people a year will be extradited. The SIS was originally formulated to deal with terrorism and serious organised crime but Brits will face extradition for many lesser offences, such as minor drugs crimes, drunkenness, driving offences, & petty theft (thinking of stealing a chicken in Latvia?).

Dominic Grieve, Shadow Justice Secretary said:
“The European Arrest Warrant was introduced to fast-track extradition of terrorist suspects, but has expanded well beyond that. It allows British citizens to be whisked away to face trial for things that are not criminal in this country, on limited evidence, and in countries with lower standards of justice than in Britain.
“If the Government is signing up to plans to increase the use of the warrant, it will only magnify the risk of British citizens falling victim of miscarriages of justice.”
Welcome to the tangled web of government and EU deceit.


  1. By 2006, the last year for which I have seen any data, the EU had produced an estimated 80,000 pages of regulations. Why? Because it functions in every way like Gosplan, the Soviet bureaucracy responsible for the 5-year plans (actually planned 10-15 years in advance). Absolute control over every aspect of economic production. There is, I think, no actual conspiracy to criminalise everyone, but that is an inevitable side-effect of the degree of regulation that the EU demands. That, with the EAW and the ever-more-oppressive Marxist-ideology-masquerading-as-political-correctness, makes for an alarming scenario to anyone who distrusts government. I write children's books. I make no conscious attempt to promote or attack any view but who knows whether something in one of those books would offend some EU bureacrat? Any fool can read subversion into anything, as many victims of the KGB and similar organisations no doubt found out. And if the 'complaint' comes because of a book sold in, say, Greece, is it impossible that the EAW could be used? 'They' might well realise that the threat of extraditing people who do not obey the rules and making them face accusers in foreign countries could well be an effective means of gaining compliance.

    Even 5 years ago, I would have regarded the above possibility as ludicrously conspiratorial. I'm less complacent these days.

    Thanks, BTW, for the offer you made in an earlier comment. If I do come up with something that seems worth saying, I'll gladly contact you about it. I'm a bit sporadic about most things, which is why a blog of my own is not really going to work.

  2. I'm sure they'd like to impose restrictions on authors - the best way is probably by issuing
    'guidelines' for inclusion in School reading lists for GCSE or equivalent - what Cameron's Cons like to call 'nudging'. Comedians too have had their struggles with the law - I mean, can you believe that?

    Your site has gone completely now - you didn't even leave the old posts!


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