British surrender over criminal courts

Believe it or not, but Britain is about to surrender a critical piece of its sovereignty to the EU, without all the fuss and bother of a vote in Parliament. According to The Times

BRITAIN is ready to surrender its veto over European Union decisions on police and judicial matters in a dramatic policy change. ... The move, to be proposed at a meeting of EU justice ministers in Tampere, Finland, will be subject to a series of conditions but has already provoked an outcry from the Conservatives ...The European Commission has been pushing for the move because it insists that it will speed up the EU's response to cross—border terrorist activity.

Oh, well, you might say, it's just a "proposal." And it's "subject to a series of conditions." But then you don't know Eurospeak. In the Orwellian language of the EU, a proposal means  a done deal. To make something "subject to  series of conditions" is to get it passed without a raising a fuss among the ordinary people who vote. The mythical "conditions" will gradually disappear one by one, much like some pieces of the US Constitution and a good chunk of academic freedom. That's how the EU has operated for decades. That's how this new surrender of a critical feature of sovereignty will happen, because that's how the EU always does it.

The EU is also a big believer in thought crimes. Already, people have been given legal warnings for racist and homophobic speech in the UK. Brussels has tried to go after political bloggers for alleged racism and home—schooling parents who won't pledge allegiance to the UN Rights of the Child Convention.  EU crimes will now also be  prosecutable in Britain.

Well, it's been nice to know you, formerly free Britain.

James Lewis   9 21 06

Believe it or not, but Britain is about to surrender a critical piece of its sovereignty to the EU, without all the fuss and bother of a vote in Parliament. According to The Times

BRITAIN is ready to surrender its veto over European Union decisions on police and judicial matters in a dramatic policy change. ... The move, to be proposed at a meeting of EU justice ministers in Tampere, Finland, will be subject to a series of conditions but has already provoked an outcry from the Conservatives ...The European Commission has been pushing for the move because it insists that it will speed up the EU's response to cross—border terrorist activity.

Oh, well, you might say, it's just a "proposal." And it's "subject to a series of conditions." But then you don't know Eurospeak. In the Orwellian language of the EU, a proposal means  a done deal. To make something "subject to  series of conditions" is to get it passed without a raising a fuss among the ordinary people who vote. The mythical "conditions" will gradually disappear one by one, much like some pieces of the US Constitution and a good chunk of academic freedom. That's how the EU has operated for decades. That's how this new surrender of a critical feature of sovereignty will happen, because that's how the EU always does it.

The EU is also a big believer in thought crimes. Already, people have been given legal warnings for racist and homophobic speech in the UK. Brussels has tried to go after political bloggers for alleged racism and home—schooling parents who won't pledge allegiance to the UN Rights of the Child Convention.  EU crimes will now also be  prosecutable in Britain.

Well, it's been nice to know you, formerly free Britain.

James Lewis   9 21 06