In the aftermath of the European elections with results that were expected and although I am uncomfortable with the results I can only state that the elections where free, fair and open and its results must be respected. No, it wasn’t Voltaire that said “those” words; it was Evelyn Beatrice Hall writing under the pseudonym of Stephen G Tallentyre in The Friends of Voltaire (1906), as a summation of Voltaire’s beliefs on freedom of thought and expression.
I myself join the large choir of critics saying that too much power have moved to the Centre and sincerely don’t think that more power to “Brussels” is the way forward is the answer to the situation we’re in now. It might be interesting to have a kind of “political memory” and to remind of that General de Gaulle himself, and many with him, considered that the way forward for Europe was an “imposing confederation” of European states. Maybe we should resuscitate that vision?
Being a staunch defender of the original reasons for creating the European Union, in particular the peace keeping, I feel that the EU stands in front of one of its biggest challenge since its creation – to keep the peace in Europe and our neighbouring regions.
No, I am not ”just another non-Federalist” but I do think that discussing what the club we are a member of should look like is something we need to do, and that this should be an ongoing discussion. And we need to take the good with the bad. I feel that this is the only way forward to achieve higher credibility for the European construction.
Could it be that “Back to basics” is the way forward?
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I haven’t written this myself I readily admit – but it is still very funny…
- The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist threats and have raised their security level from ”Miffed” to ”Peeved.” Soon, though security levels may be raised yet again to ”Irritated” or even ”A Bit Cross” The English have not been ”A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies all but ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from ”Tiresome” to a ”Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a ”Bloody Nuisance” warning level was during the great fire of 1666.
- The Scots raised their threat level from ”Pissed Off” to ”Let’s get the Bastards”. They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the frontline in the British army for the last 300 years.
- The Welsh are presently at the alert level of ”someone is out of key”. Should things get more serious they’ll issue an injunction to bring back Aled Jones. The highest level is a ”choral muster of Men of Harlech”.
- The Irish remain at the long standing security level ”Provisional”. The next step is to cordon off the Guinness brewery with armed Garda. Assuming the Guinness holds out, the highest level is ”whoever you are you’re asking for a fight – begorrah”.
- The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from ”Run” to ”Hide”. The only two higher levels in France are Collaborate” and ”Surrender.” The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France’s white flag factory, effectively paralysing the country’s military capability. It’s not only the French who are on a heightened level of alert.
- Italy has increased the alert level from ”Shout loudly and excitedly” to ”Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: ”Ineffective Combat Operations” and ”Change Sides.”
- The Germans also increased their alert state from ”Disdainful Arrogance” to ” Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs.” They also have two higher levels: ”Invade a Neighbour” and ”Lose”.
- Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual, and the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels.
- The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.
- Americans meanwhile are carrying out pre-emptive strikes, on all of their allies, just in case.
- The Canadians have been unable to define their threat levels for lack of agreement over the translations from English to French. However, having already won two World Wars despite hindrance from their allies, they are not unduly concerned, and if necessary will bail out the Americans, British and French again regardless of sentiment in Quebec.
- New Zealand has also raised its security levels – from ”baaa” to ”BAAAA!” Due to continuing defence cutbacks (the air force being a squadron of spotty teenagers flying paper aeroplanes and the navy some toy boats in the Prime Minister’s bath), New Zealand only has one more level of escalation, which is ”Shit, I hope Australia will come and rescue us”.
- Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from ”No worries” to “She’ll be right, mate”. Three more escalation levels remain, ”Crikey!’, ”I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend” and ”The barbie is cancelled”. So far no situation has ever warranted use of the final escalation level.