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Europeans Finally Waking Up to the Demise of Democracy

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team_america_world_policeTelegraph UK: The peoples of Europe have finally discovered what they signed up to. I do mean “peoples” (plural) because however much political elites may deceive themselves, the populations of the member states of the EU are culturally, historically and economically separate and distinct. And a significant proportion of them are getting very, very angry.

What the strikers at the Lindsey oil refinery (and their brother supporters in Nottinghamshire and Kent) have discovered is the real meaning of the fine print in those treaties, and the significance of those European court judgments whose interpretation they left to EU obsessives: it is now illegal – illegal – for the government of an EU country to put the needs and concerns of its own population first. It would, for example, be against European law to do what Frank Field has sensibly suggested and reintroduce a system of “work permits” for EU nationals who wished to apply for jobs here.

Meanwhile, demonstrators in Paris and the recalcitrant electorate in Germany are waking up to the consequences of what two generations of European ideologues have thrust upon them: the burden not just of their own economic problems but also the obligation to accept the consequences of their neighbours’ debts and failures. Each country is true to its own history in the way it expresses its rage: in France, they take to the streets and throw things at the police, in Germany they threaten the stability of the coalition government, and here, we revive the tradition of wildcat strikes.

bspcomment Canadians should see this as a warning of things to come when and if their government signs the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.  Treaties like the ACTA remove essential human rights and legal protections provided for citizens in our (Canadian) Constitution and Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. The ACTA attempts to legitimize criminal searches and spying to deal with what are now in most countries civil matters. What large U.S. corporations and associations like the RIAA and MPAA want is to have their costs of civil enforcement of Intellectual Property to fall on the shoulders and wallets taxpayer funded law enforcement. Essentially they want taxpayers to fund criminal civil investigations against ourselves.

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Written by mattliving

February 3, 2009 at 11:06 am

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