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New Terrorism Threat to UK? Beware Snake-oil politicians

February 22, 2016

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EU Vote & Terrorism: Beware Cameron & Co selling snake-oil politics

The theatre of David Cameron’s assault on the EU is done. A UK referendum will be held on 23 June when the British will vote to stay in the EU or leave.

Mr Cameron’s people are looking for ways of guaranteeing a Yes Vote. So watch for a change of the electoral roll to include 16+ year-olds. Teenage voters will vote to stay in Europe.

If the government does not get its way then another referendum will be held to check that the people knew what they were saying. Corrupt? It is the way of these things.

Meanwhile the texture of the debate is immediately felt. Cameron is saying that anyone who votes No will be jeopardising national security. Terrorists will be aiming a strike on the UK after 23 June if we all vote to quit the EU. The Prime Minister is suggesting that by staying in the EU we are very much part of the Intelligence information supply line that helps UK counter terrorism. Downing Street says that pulling out of the EU will mean that many of the European agencies would not include the UK in that ring.

According to Cameron logic present non-EU states do not get security information and warnings. Rubbish. As for EU protection, ask the French.

Iain Duncan-Smith MP (who wants to quit) says that if we stay terrorists will be aiming a Paris-type strike on the UK after 23 June largely because it would be easier to get into the country. The fact that most radical action is home grown or home based bins that argument. Paris would have happened whatever French membership status of EU.

We imagine Mohammad al-Baghdadi sitting in Daesh council reviewing attack projections based on a referendum result in a country that has trumpeted a major airstrike operation on Daesh but has yet to have had much more than a car-load’s success in spite of using missiles that cost £300,000 a time. It is a bigger story than that and it defies scare tactics from two leading and supposedly trusted members of government.

Both the Cameron and Duncan-Smith camps are blatantly playing on fears. Worse, it takes only a couple of seconds to work out that they are unconvincing. Therefore both Cameron and Duncan-Smith are insulting the intelligence of the electorate. The terrorist threat is real enough. The agencies in most countries are aware of information exchange. The UK in or out of the EU is the second strongest member of NATO and would continue to be even outside the EU and therefore wired into every country with an A1 Intelligence Analysis System.

The vote on 23 June is important enough and the counter-terrorist debate sensitive to the extreme without the people trusted as leaders copying the Trump line in political rhetoric.

Ironically, if there is a Cameron plan to pack the voting by including 16+ year-old teenagers then he should be reminded by his carpet bagging aides that those same young people are not tired out voters. They have sharp brains. They can smell political snake-oil salesman a mile off.

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Christopher Lee

October 15, 2012

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The British & Europe – both on the take from the same trough

15 October 2012

The British Home Secretary – the UK’s Internal Minister – says Britain is to opt out of 130 European Union measures on law and order including the dubiously managed European Arrest Warrant.  Reason for this?  The British government does not like foreigners from Continental Europe.

It won’t say that of course but that’s about it and, don’t let us kid ourselves that the reasonable LibDems feel differently and that they like everyone. There is no evidence other than the coding in their election manifesto that they are pro-EU. No one, not even Johnny Foreigner believes those bits of Vote Me paper.

In Bullingdon terms, Europe gives you gyp. France is self-centred, self-seeking and because (as De Gaulle noticed) is ungovernable because it produces 263 different cheeses.

Germany? We all know about the Germans and it does not help that they run Europe because they are very successful. Successful? Of course. They’re bailing out the sun-dried tomato Euro nations. And just look how smart they were   to get out of the BAe-EADS deal that was nothing more than a scam to deliver shedloads of money to the directors who would push off very quickly.

The East European lot are freeloaders of course who read too many Hello mags while under the claw-hammer of Moscow and who thought richness was Western Europe, especially the UK and came to get their hands on it. On top of that they have taken over from the Australians as the best bar staff in London. The Catholic Church loves them because they’re filling the pews and alms plates.

There are the lovely Italians who are embarrassingly likable, especially now that Berlusconi isn’t there – for the moment.  Trouble is, the nice Italians present Whitehall  with problems because they may be coming for a handout.

The Dutch, the nice quiet on-our-side Dutch could not be anything else but liked.  Wait a moment. All the Dutch, including Her Majesty, ride bicycles and since the Chief Whip got into fearful trouble with the Downing Street cops for wanting to ride his bike in the Prime Minister’s street and Boris is as much famous for riding his bike as he is for being more popular than the PM, then we don’t like nations with bikes.

As for Brussels, let us be clear: We don’t like the EU  winning the Nobel Peace Prize because as Europeans we’ve been killing masses of Iraqis and Afghans whereas the continental Europeans have been keeping their heads down from eyeballing foreign pig-sticking and so we think we should have got it.

Then there’s the Euro MPs – including the British lot- who are unashamed freeloaders at a time when British MPs at Westminster have to watch their own freeloading.

And of course, there’s the language.  Unless our ministers were at public schools or have slept for some time (in wedlock of course) with foreigners (at least one) then British ministers, like the people they represent, don’t do languages.

So the British people in whose name Ms May will call in the 130 protocols and laws and bin them in the back garden of her Home Office will give wholehearted support the plan to get power back into Westminster.  Of course they will.  Even if the dates have slipped their mind, the British have never liked and have been deeply suspicious of, all continental Europeans since the they were kicked out of Europe at the end of the 100 years war – 1337-1453. No don’t do the arithmetic, it’ll only confuse matters but it will uncompromisingly prove (to the British) that everything to do with numbers is a big fiddle in the hands of Europeans.

The British may not bother to cheer in the streets over this return of power to the people because if you think about it for a nanosecond, they never had the power in the first place.

The United Kingdom remains the most law driven place in Europe (well, on the edge of it). It is the most sinisterly guarded peoples with more CCTV cameras per capita than the whole of the continent – including the Eastern European despotic joints.

Furthermore, the chances of being dealt fairly by the British law are pretty slim.  A well liked judge pointed this out recently when he observed that the court’s function is not to get to the truth but to decide which side, on balance, had presented a better case.

So maybe it would be better to ignore the new laws (and there will be new ones to replace the ones we are getting back) and simply to be courteously judicial with the ones we have and also to recognize that Europe’s function is not, as we think, to support our mean prejudices, but as they said in Oslo, to bring more peace that was possible among the scattered tribes of Europe.

But as the British generals et al demonstrated this week, that’s not the British way at all.  To have moral distinctions is to ignore the hundreds of thousands of pounds sterling to be trousered by using contacts and patronage to suit themselves.  In fact, such sordid and sorry actions of these supposedly distinguished top brass is little more than the images they sneer every time Euro scams are mentioned.

And that of course is the nub.  The British don’t like Europe because the British behave like every one else but don’t like to hear it. Understand that, and you get much closer to understanding why the British deep down don’t want the EU, but their version of it. If it comes, they’ll be the verify first to get their snouts into its money strewn trough.