"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."

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Privacy, Not Secrecy

Okay, so can any bright spark tell me what's the difference? Felipe Gonzalez, former Spanish socialist PM but now head of the EU's supposedly independent  Reflection Group thinks there's a world of difference - I don't.

Privacy, noun 1 a freedom from intrusion by the public, especially as a right; b someone's right to this. 2 seclusion; secrecy.
ETYMOLOGY: 15c in sense 2.
Secrecy, noun 1 the state or fact of being secret. 2 confidentiality. 3 the ability or tendency to keep information secret.
ETYMOLOGY: 15c: as secretie, from secre secret.

This group of  twelve globalist thickos, oxymoronically known as the Wise Men (whither equality for women?), has been meeting since 2008 and clocked up fifteen meetings so far; their remit is to pontificate on EU policy up to 2030. Yes, folks, they've truly got our best interests at heart.  The Report, due to be delivered to EC President van Rompuy in eight days, is expected to be all of thirty pages long, which, for the EU, must be a record low.  They normally churn out reams of aims and directives so this must rank as one of the shortest ever - and they've been 'thinking' for two years.

I wonder what they and the translators were paid for these long and arduous meetings.
"Translators were needed for González, who worked on the original version of the report in Spanish, Lech Wałęsa, who only speaks his native Polish, and Nicole Notat, who only speaks French. German ... Wolfgang Schuster sometimes switched to the language of Goethe.

Due to the cabin translation system, the meetings took on a rather formal character, which frustrated some Reflection Group members. But group members also met informally over lunch or dinner, where they chatted between themselves mostly in French and English." Source here
Full of posturing symbolism as usual, the Report will be made public on Europe Day, three days after D-Day and one day after VE Day - I hope you've all got your lovely starry flags handy.  It will be interesting to see what's flown over Downing Street and your Town Hall on the 9th.  As I've blogged before, the reason Britain has been subject to so many EU rules, laws & regulations is because it was always viewed as the hardest nut to crack.  The thinking is "get the UK under control and the rest will fall like dominoes".

The jokes have worn thin but here's a sweet pic of a eurocrat embracing Nick Clegg:

Click to enlarge and note the alarm in Clegg's eyes as he realises that he's been caught in flagrante.

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