"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."

Monday, 21 September 2009

Ready Or Not, Here We Come

The European Commission will discuss changes to European Immigration laws in order to allow asylum-seekers entry to Britain  "at their earliest convenience".  There are roughly 2,000 at the camp in Calais at the moment, all wanting to come to Britain and if the changes are adopted then Britain will have no say in immigration control.
"There should be a solidarity within the EU over asylum.  National solutions to the problem are not viable."
The remarks were made to a French newspaper by Jacques Barrot, Europe Justice Commissioner and the proposals will be discussed by European interior ministers today.

Did I hear Heath, Wilson, Callaghan, Thatcher, Major, Blair & Brown say vetos, opt-outs, red lines?  Or what about the other favourite: In Europe but not run by Europe?  Here's a pic of the man who isn't planning on living in Hackney, Bradford or down-town Luton:

(If he ever ventures to Glasgow, be sure and give him a kiss from me).

9 comments:

  1. It just goes from bad to worse GV, it's really all rather frightening. How did we get to this point?

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  2. I hope that's a rhetorical question SR because I don't know the answer - unless it's that we've all been sleeping and totally apathetic. But it just shows, if the EU doesn't like something, it has the ability to tweak the laws and there's nothing we can do about it without incurring massive fines & disapprobation.

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  3. Do you know, GV, I'm slowly coming to the conclusion that it is not apathy that afflicts this country: it is a sense of helplessness. Nothing seems to work any more. Disgraced and dishonest politicians don't resign or go to jail anymore. The police don't solve crimes anymore. The councils don't fix roads anymore. Voting doesn't even work anymore because it doesn't matter who gets elected. Etc., etc. And there's not a damn thing that a citizen can do about it.

    So, let them in. Let them all in. As they say about alcoholics: sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you can start to rebuild your life.

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  4. Oh, don't Edgar! The number of times I think exactly the same ... The newspapers, day in and day out, are full of the same old things but with different names and faces. There's no honesty or integrity any more and society is turning on itself instead of the government.

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  5. Edgar,

    Not that long ago I was a "Subject". Why am I now a "Citizen"? The change sounds awfully E.U./New Labour to me.

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  6. Society is badly broken as callmeDave says. But will he do anything about it? No.

    The headlines in today's Mail (yes I admit to reading it) is a good one. The shame has been taken out of bad behaviour, especially drunkenness. Lots of quotes from do-gooders who say the police have better things to do and bigger crimes to solve.

    But, if we look at society, so many of the 'bigger' crimes involve alcohol and drugs. So much of our NHS money is spent on saving the lives of those who get repeatedly drunk on a Friday/Saturday night.

    When did we stop showing our disapproval of druggies, drunks, under age lassies getting pregnant?

    Now these groups get far better treatment than cancer sufferers, the elderly and the disabled.

    I'm not suggesting we return to the early 1900s in our values, but I am suggesting we somehow get a balance back into society.

    Edgar, I do think we've buried our heads in the sand to a degree and we're still doing it because to acknowledge the mess would be admitting we're partly responsible. We elected the conmen/women we have in power in the innocent belief that life would improve for our children - I feel I've badly let down the younger generations.

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  7. Tomorrow people will get out of bed, go to work, complain to their pals, and let it happen. The odd thing is the SNP will welcome this move.

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  8. GV: It's just been one of those days! I rarely feel that things are quite so desperate. Not sure what is going to change, but something has to ...

    D&C I don't have that association with the word 'citizen', so be sure there was nothing so nefarious intended by it! Some of my best friends are subjects :)

    Subrosa: Indeed! We must endure what we failed to prevent. The big question now, IMO, is whether the people of this country have both the stamina and the will that are necessary to moderate, if not repair, the damage.

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  9. Thanks all for coming and making the post more than it was - I really enjoy reading your comments.
    D&C - when the Lisbon Treaty is fully ratified one of the provisions is that we'll all automatically become Citizens of the EU.
    SR - it's no excuse but perhaps it's a case of seeing our elected (and unelected leaders) set such a poor example. It's the mentality that thinks, well if they can get away with it, so can I. Add to that all the poorly-drafted legislation aimed to socially engineer us into 'harmonisation' and you've got a society that doesn't know who it is or where the boundaries lie.
    Edgar - I feel like that most days, unfortunately!
    Scunnert - I can't comment because I don't know enough about the SNP but I take it you don't approve.

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