"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, 28 July 2010

Nothing To See - Move Along

funny penguin: pushes penguin in waterOnly one guess allowed - which penguin represents the EU and which the UK?

All we xenophobic Little Englanders are simply too nasty and ill-educated to understand how the European Union is nothing more than a mere trade agreement.  There'll be no political union; economic union; criminal justice union; social contract union or defence union;  apparently we're just idle, mischief-making conspiracy theorists without a braincell between us. That's funny, because I thought Cameron & Co were the deluded ones, until he attached provisos to the promised EU referendum and then threw his lot in with the LibDem.

So, Britain is now signed up to the highly controversial European Investigation Order, which gives foreign police forces the right to request that UK police officers seek out and share evidence on suspects in Britain within a 90-day deadline. The government's reasoning, according to Home Secretary Theresa May, is that by opting in at this stage "we have the opportunity to influence its precise outcome". Ha-de-bloody-ha - excuse my French.

The govt has signed up without knowing the detail of the proposal.  The final vote on the EIO (to be adopted by all twenty-seven countries) is by QMV, so Britain can be outvoted and have to adopt the measures regardless of whether it suits us or not.  It also means that info from the UK DNA database can be spread around Europe on request.

May also said:
"... [It will ] allow us to fight crime and deliver justice more effectively...  It does not amount to a loss of sovereignty.  It will not unduly burden the police.  It does not incur a loss of civil liberties.   It is in the national interest to sign up to it."
Perhaps if there weren't so many damned foreign criminals infesting our jails and our streets  there'd be no need to adopt such a measure but the damage has already been done.  We can't refuse them entry and we can't deport them.  They cost the country an arm and a leg and we're powerless because we have already given up sovereignty.  May is right on that - there can be no loss of sovereignty because we don't have any left.

I've blogged before that Cameron's localism fits the EU's jigsaw perfectly and I see no reason to change my mind.  We're already taxed on three levels:  local, national and EU.  It just goes on and on and on - it's all very Hegelian with one step forward, two steps back.

I think it's time for another Peasants' Revolt (though obviously with a much better outcome) or Peterloo (ditto).  People get out onto the streets at the drop of a hat these days - you name it: foxes, the price of petrol, troops home, global warming, fathers4justice, democracy village - everybody and his mother protests about everything under the sun except the paramount issue of national sovereignty.  I just don't get it.

By the way, regarding the UK government's 'triumphant & ground-breaking' trade deals with India - under the terms of EU membership, 'member states' can't make unilateral trade deals.  Let's sit back and see how far it gets before we're slapped down by the EU.

UPDATE:  Thanks to Captain Ranty for the link to Statewatch: EIO analysis.pdf


  1. So very sad to see the new regime every bit as EU sucking as the last, GV.

  2. Sad & dispiriting but expected, OR. Politicians say such a mish-mash of half- truths and lies - bluff, double-bluff. Even they don't know when they're lying any more - witness MPs' expenses debacle.

  3. GV,

    You seen this?



  4. Thanks CR, I hadn't seen it but it's an interesting read. A quagmire of legislation, ifs, buts & maybes but the EC is determined to get its way.

    There's no accountability. We can vote out an MEP but it wouldn't do much good because they barely influence the law-making Commission anyway - totally undemocratic.


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