Tuesday, 29 November 2011


I happened across this document, issued by the Ministry of Justice, which lists JHA (Title V) opt-in and Schengen opt-out decisions taken by our government between 1 December 2009 and the present. If for no other reason than it probably is but a microcosm of decisions that are being taken by politicians which will have a profound effect on the future of our country, it becomes important when bearing in mind some of the decisions mentioned.

It is worth noting that, other than 'publicity' on government websites, to my knowledge not one mention of these decisions has been made in the MSM, an information area on which the public rely to know what is being done in the name - and their name - of a 'representative democracy' - aka a 'democratised dictatorship'. If we are to have 'transparency in government' (a Coalition promise) then should not our government have used their mouthpiece, the MSM, to inform us?

Whilst this country is not a member of the 'Schengen Area', a number of documents have been published by the European Union on:  'smart borders'; establishing a European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union; the listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement; conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an intra-corporate transfer; and a Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an application for international protection lodged in one of the Member States by a third-country national or a stateless person (recast) - A process for early warning, preparedness and management of asylum crises - all of which have implications for our country.

We may not, presently, be a member of the Schengen Area but might I perhaps remind readers of the avowed aim of the EU, one that involves 'ever closer union'. Readers may well remind me that we have an opt-out, to which I would ask when has the EU respected the 'legality' of any democratic process, especially when it thwarted their aims of 'ever closer union'? (for example: Irish, French & Netherland referenda).

Meanwhile, the 'Twitterati' and the MSM are transfixed on today's events in the House of Commons involving George Osborne's 'Autumn Statement'..........

Needless to say - and apologies for the repitition, but it is important; had we had direct democracy and referism; first, we wouldn't be a member of the European Community - second, had these decisions been published we would have had the opportunity to accept, amend or annul them; the latter two hastening our exit from the EU!

Just saying.....................

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