A comment by roobeedoo yesterday drew attention to a new EU proposal:
A European Union report has urged tight press regulation and demanded that Brussels officials are given control of national media supervisors with new powers to enforce fines or the sacking of journalists.
The “high level” recommendations that will be used to draft future EU legislation also attack David Cameron for failing to automatically implement proposals by the Lord Justice Leveson inquiry for a state regulation of British press.
A “high level” EU panel, that includes Latvia’s former president and a former German justice minister, was ordered by Neelie Kroes, European Commission vice-president, last year to report on “media freedom and pluralism”. It has concluded that it is time to introduce new rules to rein in the press.
“All EU countries should have independent media councils,” the report concluded.
“Media councils should have real enforcement powers, such as the imposition of fines, orders for printed or broadcast apologies, or removal of journalistic status.”
As well as setting up state regulators with draconian powers, the panel also recommended that the European Commission be placed in overall control in order to ensure that the new watchdogs do not breach EU laws.
“The national media councils should follow a set of European-wide standards and be monitored by the Commission to ensure that they comply with European values,” the report said.
So now they want to regulate the media, in order to ensure compliance with ‘European values’.
Douglas Carswell, the Conservative MP for Clacton, attacked the report for making an “extraordinary, and deeply disturbing proposal”.
“Having EU officials overseeing our free press – and monitoring newspapers to ensure they comply with “European values” – would be quite simply intolerable,” he said.
“This is the sort of mind-set that I would expect to find in Iran, not the West. This kooky idea tells us little about the future of press regulation. It does suggest that the European project is ultimately incompatible with the notion of a free society.”
What are “European values”? One may be fairly sure that “European values” will include a commitment to the EU and all its institutions. But “European values” might include any number of other elements. The EU Commission, for example, has proposed a Europe-wide smoking ban, and this has been ratified by the European Parliament, although it is not yet mandatory on member states. Are antismoking measures one of the elements of “European values”? Most likely they are. And who knows what other “European values” there might be?” These values might be anything at all. Nobody may have heard of any of them before.
It’s deeply disturbing that the EU now wishes to regulate not just standards for the packaging of potatoes and carrots, but also the moral standards and values of ordinary men and women. But then, once the width of roads and the diameter of wheels have been standardized and regulated, it is a small step for the regulatory bureaucratic mindset to move on to standardize and regulate the beliefs and behaviours of the people who use those roads and wheels.
Yet our own “Conservative” Prime Minister wants Britain to remain a part of this controlling, bureaucratic, EU state. He wishes us to do so because he believes that full British participation will enable Britain to influence the construction of the regulatory manacles that will be used to control and restrict ordinary Britons. He wants the British prisoners in the EU prison state to have some say in the design their own cells, and have some influence over the number of bars in the cell windows and the number of sackcloth blankets on the bed. Not like the Norwegians, who have no say at all: not even over the colour of the paint on the walls.
Nor is he alone in this. Both the Labour party and the Liberal Democrat party want Britain to remain members. The entire British political class is committed to the EU. Which is one reason why it makes no difference what mainstream political party anyone votes for, because the outcome will be the same whichever they mark their cross beside.
And because the Prime Minister and most of the MPs in parliament are fully committed to the EU, they will of course endorse this latest EU proposal to regulate the media. They have, after all, endorsed more or less everything else.
And if it should seem unlikely that anyone should wish to control and regulate the beliefs and values of ordinary people, it should be pointed out that the 5-year-old UK smoking ban is precisely such an attempt to control and regulate and re-educate ordinary people in respect of their (decidedly un-European) tobacco use. And the entire British political class has supported this control and regulation.
So it’s already happening, and has been happening for 5 years. And if the 70-80% of non-smoking Britons haven’t noticed this yet, it is probably because they already have been thoroughly re-educated about the evils of tobacco over the past 50 years, and it is only the remaining 20% or so of reprobate smokers on whom the control and regulation and re-education measures now fall.
The British political class has already shown that it is willing and able to demonize and marginalise some 20-25% of its own population. It should have no difficulty in trampling over the rest, should its EU masters require it.
We are going to have to oust the entire British political class. They no longer represent ordinary Britons. And certainly in the case of smokers, they have no wish to represent them. And they are all in the pocket of the EU.
Quite how they might be ousted is another question.