May 09, 2005

I hate these people

Writing about web page http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/05/09/nve09.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/05/09/ixhome.html

So an EU commissioner links rejection of the EU constitution to risking another Holocaust by clinging to "nationalistic pride". Hmmm. Is it just me, or was the perpetrator of the Holocaust the one who was trying to build a single European state under his own flag?

This woman's (Margot Wallstrom) the "vice-president of the commission for institutional relations" and was speaking in a former "Jewish ghetto" in the Czech Republic. Hmm, inciting fear to try and drag people with you. Isn't that rather reminiscent of the tactics that the EU absolutely hated when Bush tried it on them, but it's perfectly fine for them to use it on their own citizens. And surely someone ought to find a better job for this woman? Isn't the Czech Republic a bad choice for giving this speech? The Czechs are probably slightly more familiar with a tyranny that subjugates nationalism for support of the Union/European Project/Motherland than a Swedish commissioner.

"Her fellow commissioners also issued a joint declaration, stating that EU citizens should pay tribute to the dead of the Second World War by voting Yes to the draft constitution for Europe." I'm sorry, but I think these people are actually scum, willing to jump on any bandwagon or use any event to ensure the continuation of their gravy train. After all, they can, and did, veto the auditing of their own expenses. They don't want this thing to end, they get too many perks out of it.

"The commissioners also gave the EU sole credit for ending the Cold War, making no mention of the role of Nato and the United States." Should people with such a lack of understanding (or who care so little about the truth, either way) of history really be the ones we entrust to make our laws?

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

-George Santayana.


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  1. You know that most voters for the (ruling) Social Democratic Party want Wallström as the next leader? Somehow disturbes me… And yes, I agree – you were a bit more anti-EU than me =)

    10 May 2005, 02:25

  2. What! Really? Oh dear. In any other field, comments like this would be a bad thing. For a politician they're probably helpful. When's the next election when she could stand?

    I'm generally rather anti-EU. Then again, so are a large proportion of the country who aren't in Whitehall or BBC head office.

    10 May 2005, 11:17

  3. Well, the next general election is in 2006. But our system is different from yours (I assume you are British =)), the party elects its leader and a vote for the party is a vote for the leader. One can choose to endorse a certain candidate, but that doesn't topple the leader like here in the UK if Blair would lose his constituency (hope I got that right).
    Current leader and PM Göran Persson has indicated that he wants to step down, and there are essentially two candidates. One of them is unpopular (he is currently Minister of Finance ;-)) and the other (Wallström) says she doesn't want to do it. On a speech she gave on the 1st of May, she said I know my limits. Obviously not well enough.

    10 May 2005, 13:16

  4. Interesting dialogue and rebuttal of the Telegraph's article on Joakim's blog, The Liberalist for anyone else who reads this

    11 May 2005, 13:03

  5. Well, thought I'd swing by again briefly. I'd say Wallström made a poor choice of words indeed, speaking in a former Jewish Ghetto and all. But the Telegraph, too, had a poor choice of words.

    11 May 2005, 13:15

  6. Hey Andrew! Seems like it's not over yet.

    13 May 2005, 14:50


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