The European Union is nothing if not benevolent. We should learn to look on it as a firm but fair Master; one who has the welfare of his charges at heart yet who is capable of fair & honest chastisement when appropriate. What’s deemed ‘appropriate’ is where we differ from our Master, yet ours not to reason why, ours but do do and… you know the rest.
Since I’ve been back home in England, the only immediate family member remotely interested in politics (aka conformism -v- anarchy) now refuses to discuss EU politics with me, which is a shame because I wanted to ask his views on the Registered Traveller Programme. That’s not ‘traveller’ as in Gypsy, Tinker or Roma, it’s just someone who frequently crosses borders for whatever purpose.
The programme is ostensibly about making border crossings easier for people from outside the EU who regularly travel into the EU, and, no doubt, vice versa. Biometrics and an alphanumerical database are involved and it will cost in the region of 1,335m euros to implement between 2013 and 2020 with ongoing operational costs.
There’s even a suggestion that Frontex, after a change of name (“European Border Guards” has been suggested), will be stationed at crossing points around the borders of the 27 member-states – though how they’d do that in Great Britain or Northern Ireland I can’t imagine. Great Britain has no need of their ‘Guards’ – we have the sea, and Northern Ireland would only be subject to one at the Ulster boundary and I can’t see that being welcomed by either Westminster or the Dail. Invasion of Britain can only come from within, as we know to our cost.*
The APR (Air Passenger Recognition) was supposed to apply only to those flying into EU member-states from third countries and, initially, it did; it’s now been extended, at Britain’s insistence, to intra-EU flights as well. How long will it be before this Registered Traveller Programme is also applied intra-EU? Judging on previous experience, not very.
*Having said that, I recall, a few years ago now, how armed French Gendarmerie were allowed to patrol Dover or Folkestone to help track illegal immigrants (much good that did). Shepway is the most recent example I can find, so perhaps the idea of Frontex on British soil isn’t too far-fetched.
Never forget that the Gendarmerie Nationale is not a bunch of friendly bobbies but a military police force numbering well over 100,000, many of whom live in army-style barracks. They cover 90 per cent of French territory, they have an annual budget of eight billion euros at their disposal (more than £6billion) and their clout is immeasurably large. Their official symbol is not an olive branch of peace but a grenade of war.
That brings us neatly to the politicisation of the Police Force/Service under Blair & Blair and Blunkett’s Blunders aka PCSO’s. In line with continental methods of policing there will be a local police (PCSOs) then regional police and national police (aka armed quasi-military) with EuroGendFor, the multi-nation military-style Police Force, sitting atop of it all. And there will be no doubt in anyone’s mind that EurogendFor is a Force and not a Service.
I don’t like it; I don’t like it at all. I used to talk of authoritarianism and communitarianism but we’re moving on now and wandering into the realms of a totalitarian fascist state. and it’s there for all who have eyes to see and ears to hear.
Look, delve, dig into archives and see how we’ve been corrupted; see how we’ve been betrayed by those whom we vote to represent us in Parliament.
I used to have a short Shelley quote at the top of my blog but when it seemed people realised what was going on, I changed it to something more optimistic from Housman. Sadly, it didn’t happen. The Conservatives went into a coalition with the LibDems (something Cameron had said four years previously that he would like – check it) and that’s why the quote was replaced by Samuel Adams, an agitator in a war that was Civil in all but name. I can’t see me changing that quote until the corruption, the venality, the vested interests, the subversive organisations, the corporate lobbying groups have been swept aside.
Fwiw, it isn’t capitalism that’s failed; what we have is nothing approaching a capitalist society. I’ve rambled on a long way from “keeping us safe” and the Traveller Registration Programme but this is how it evolves; it’s how it’s always evolved. It needs to be stopped in its tracks. I don’t look on the events in Greece or Spain as revolutions, I see them as counter-revolutions. We must fight back against this life-sucking monolith that is fascism.
Stop letting them call you names. We’re not nazis or fascists or “sour little Englanders” (Cameron). It was Napoleon who called us a nation of shopkeepers but we didn’t roll over and say he was right so let’s not bother about the . That nation of shopkeepers whipped him well at Waterloo and don’t they know it. They know it so well that, after spending millions of pounds making Waterloo the EuroStar terminal, we spent more money developing St Pancras instead so as not to offend EU sensibilities.
On and on and on it goes, as does this post. I’m not here to tell anyone how to think; I just post my own thoughts and ask anyone who happens by to think about what’s happening, but there’s no denying that our country is in turmoil, from Parliament to the media to the police to the Councils – our democracy is in turmoil and up for grabs.