"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."

Thursday, 27 October 2011

'No Such Undertaking Has Been Received'

I wouldn't usually bother to defend a newspaper but the Daily Express came in for some flak on the radio this morning because of its front page, which the presenter threw cold water on. This is it:

The DE headline

Unfortunately the DE is right although, strictly speaking, it was Merkel who made the outrageous warning.  It formed part of her speech made prior to the leaders' summit as she gave reasons why the euro must survive.
Merkel abandoned her usual cautious rhetoric warned outright of a war... "Nobody should take for granted another 50 years of peace and prosperity in Europe. They are not for granted. That's why I say: If the euro fails, Europe fails," Merkel said, followed by a long applause from all political groups.

"We have a historical obligation: To protect by all means Europe's unification process begun by our forefathers after centuries of hatred and blood spill. None of us can foresee what the consequences would be if we were to fail."
Here's some related reading that gives a fairly good overview of the bigger picture:

EU quietly seeks sweeping new legal powers
Germany makes Greece pay with sovereignty for new bail-out
Nazi jokes: Cartoons/art  point at revived historical enmity
Riot Police deployed + barbed wire fencing erected on roads surrounding EU Council in Brussels
Brutal gamble to let others take the pain
Interesting photos: Cold shoulder for Cameron & fist fight in Italian Parliament
EP votes for 5.2% budget increase
EP votes to freeze expenses rather than cut
Clegg's wife rewarded with EU trade chief job

The next thing to look out for is the wrangling over treaty change and the sneaky methods that will be employed to present any change as "limited" and therefore avoid the need for a referendum.

UPDATE: Archbishop Cranmer has an excellent post with lots of extra detail.

6 comments:

  1. Bugger, too young for the last show, too old for the next, when the balloon goes up give the bosch a thrashing once more, two beatings is obviously not enough.
    Then, home for Christmas.

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  2. Very funny - I wish I could be so flip about the EU and its ridiculous policies.

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  3. If you take anything for granted in this world... you're a fool.

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  4. Merkel pretends to forget, and want the rest of us to forget, that Germany has always been the aggressor; nothing has changed.

    If she is interested in Germany getting its arse kicked once more, bring it on, Frau Schickelgruber. As fior the cheese eating surrender monkeys, we don't need to worry - their resistance folded in a couple of weeks.

    Cry 'God' for every true Englishmen and to Hell with Europe and its princes and prelates - they have no place here - and there are still scores to settle with those bloody krauts!

    opsimath

    Good evening, CE. I hope you won't mind my little rant too much and I won't be surprised if you don't post it, but I felt I had to say something or explode!

    Best as ever,

    opsimath.

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  5. Too true, Hookie. But how dare she use language like that? This myth of the EU having kept the peace in Europe since 2nd WW is just that and it's continually used like a cattle prod on us. She shd be ashamed of herself.

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  6. Opsimath! How unlike you - but you must have your reasons. I agree entirely with your underlying sentiments but don't forget that the German people are almost as opposed to the EU construct as we are. I consider Merkel's language to be inflammatory and as for Sarkozy ... pfft.

    As a result of this morning's half-deal Greece will lose another slice of her sovereignty and EU representation and oversight, probably in the form of ministers from the newly created 'Treasury', will be permanently on the ground in Athens. (Think of the shiny new HQ that will have to be built to accommodate them!) I just don't think it's worth it. If I were Greek I'd rather default, totally, completely and honestly, than continue with this farce from Papandreou.

    You'd better keep your powder dry unless and until we have more overt EuroGendFor on our own streets. Wait until the Olympics too, when the Armed Forces will be part of the security system.

    See you Sunday - we'll all reflect together :-)

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