"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, 11 April 2012

Oh! Brave New World!

J W Waterhouse
"O, wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is!
O brave new world,
That has such people in't!"
Miranda
Shakespeare, The Tempest Act V, Scene I

Okay, *sarc* off.

Perhaps it's just getting older that does it, or of having had the benefit of a half-decent education, but I feel distanced from the youngsters who don't seem politically-motivated but 'event'-motivated. Yes, they'll get out on the streets for a face-off with the police now and again but only, for some reason I can't yet fathom, because groups such as UKUncut, the SWP, their affiliates or the Unions arrange it; they don't seem to look much further and actually question themselves. They don't ask, "Why am I doing this? Do I agree with this?"

To those who say demonstrations only happen under a Conservative government, I say, "Rubbish." There were plenty of demos during the Blair-Brown years, including a large one from our Police Force. I think it's simply that some youngsters haven't yet learned to think for themselves and look at motivation; to look at what might lie behind the call for strikes or demos, or look behind government proposals.

What they don't seem to comprehend is that the majority of the policies being put in place by this current government were instigated by the previous one, it's simply a continuation; business as usual. Perhaps it's the usual left/right dichotomy again - I wish we could get rid of it but while it's perpetuated by the media and the politicians themselves, we anti-communitarians, anti-third-wayers, don't stand a chance.

Anyway, vacant musings over, here's what I actually wanted to post and these are the sort of policies I'd like to see more of our youngsters campaigning about - against ALL governments. It's time they learned another slogan rather than "Tory scum, out, out, out". After all, that's soooo 1980's.

First review of the National Security Strategy 2010
"We are concerned that the Cabinet Office was unable to provide us, either in public or in confidence, with concrete examples of “blue skies” discussions by the NSC. Coupled with its failure to discuss the national security implications of either the Eurozone crisis or the possibility of Scottish independence, it is apparent that there are major problems in the way that the NSC selects topics for discussion."
Facial recognition in online and mobile services

Mutual recognition of judgments in criminal matters imposing custodial sentences or measures involving deprivation of liberty for the purpose of their enforcement [within the EU]

Regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents

"Targeting Roma"

Revision of Europol's legal basis

Amending Regulation  (EC) No 562/2006 - Frontex & Schengen

Information Exchange and Data Protection (DAPIX)

Finally, in case you missed it, sport is an EU competence. Sticky, sticky fingers.

There's so much more.  If you haven't bookmarked State Watch already or included them in your blogroll, I suggest you do.

By the way, the 38 degrees petition to government against the latest surveillance proposals is HERE.  It's already reached 107,000+.  Have you added your name?  I've always been wary of 38 Degrees, seeing them as fundamentally to the left and ascribing to an ideology that I can't agree with, but really I don't mind who my bedfellows are at the moment. 

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