"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."

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Tell Me The Old, Old Story

I don't know where I was when this story hit the press - I was offline for quite a bit of April; I seem to remember power cuts and a change of landline provider - but last week I stumbled across it in the Guardian and followed it to the DM, the DE  and the local Kent News. At least Kent News had the decency to place a question mark at the end of their headline.

I wish 'journalists' would properly research 'news' before throwing it together on the page; it was was particularly sloppy journalism all round, with no attributed sources, and does nothing for those demanding a referendum on the EU.

After looking around, it seems the 'Anglo-French Pond'
originated with two academics (one French, one English) who'd been commissioned by EMDI (Espace Manche Development Initiative, and how delightfully united in diversity their name is) to write a Paper for Interreg III & IV about the Arc Manche.

However, at another website you can clearly see that the statement attributed to the EU, that, "A thousand year period...now nears its end..." was true. If you click through you'll also see that none of it is translated into English but you'll have hours of happy reading if you're fluent in French.

More about EMDI (in English).

On another EU-related matter we have the Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC) which lays down minimum training requirements and allows automatic recognition of professional qualifications for  doctors, nurses, midwives, vets, dentists, pharmacists and architects within EU countries.

This directive actually states: “persons benefiting from the recognition of professional qualifications shall have a knowledge of languages necessary for practising the profession in the host member state”.

If you can ignore the fact that the source is a fully paid-up member of the eurocrats, paid to run a denial blog  (I bet that's hard work but they must be right occasionally), it's clear that potential employees can be checked for linguistic skills at the interview level and so refused work.  Either governments or newspapers have an ulterior motive in spinning and lying about the facts; probably both.

Politicians constantly call for "honest and open debate", for engagement, for listening.  Well, there's been nothing open, honest or listening about the EU from any government we've had since before I can remember.  And  they've never been 'engaging', no matter how cloying the smile or how many sweets they offer.

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