Monday, July 09, 2007

‘just back from Lesbos. And feeling all the better for having spent quality time among its charming natives.
Time for a fully-justified rant……“PM” Gordon Brown now wants to adopt a strong position on combating the terrorist threat by calling for a new world-wide database on suspects. Interpol has said it already had the passport numbers, fingerprints and photos of more than 11,000 suspected terrorists on its database. Amazingly, Britain does not check this register against immigrants coming into the country or foreign nationals it has arrested.
Furthermore, Blair casually signed away the UK veto over control of immigration policy at the EU Summit in June.That got me to thinking about what might happen if Turkey (a country with vast problems ) ever managed to enter the EU. Martti Ahtisaari, a former Finnish president, once headed a panel investigating potential migration from Turkey to the EU and concluded that 2.7 million Turkish migrants, about four percent of the Turkish population might emigrate to the EU. While President Sarko is leading a courageous charge against Turkey's EU membership, the EU institutions are fighting back in Turkey's defence.
Given that the UK currently has no immigration controls whatsoever, Istanbul Tory is genuinely mystified that nobody in Blighty seems to be bothered about the implications of Turkey joining the EU....

11 comments:

Ellee said...

IT, how can you talk about Greek people as "civilised natives", they are the most civilised nation in the world.
I am against Turkey joining the EU on cultural and religious grounds. They still have much to do to improve their record on human rights too.

And welcome back!

Newmania said...

Its probably because the whole concept of a border and protecting it has become a sort of mossy old ruin that people cannot quite recall the purpose of .
Do you notice that this government in addition to its horrifying and misguided politics is terrible at delivering anything. I cannot off hand recall an administration so clownishly accident prone . NHS computers, defra , everything the home office have done , and really Iraq was a 'devil in the detail' mistake.In a sense I support the decision to be there but the complete ignorance of the fallout we have demonstrated is yet another foul up.Do you know what I mean? Its quite mundane but they just keep getting things wrong . Tax credits are another perfect example . Given where you start from not a bad policy but the execution of it has been hideously mismanaged.

Odd isn’t it . I have never been much convinced by the we will do the same thing better argument but its awfully tempting to attack labour on Competetnce

CityUnslicker said...

But being hard and tough on terror is Mr B's calling card. That it is logically inconsistent is of no metter.

The spin juggernaut continues and there will be new/old policies next week.

verity said...

So far as I understand, no government in Britain can commit its successors - although this is probably no longer true. Tony and Cherie probably unravelled that, along with so much of our ancient constitution, one evening reading the crystal runes. Or more likely, Karl Marx.

Cherie Blair may be the most toxic woman in Britain. I have champagne on ice for her, too.

mutleythedog said...

One of these bombers just found guilty left the country for Pakistan with a load of money in cash and some books about treating bullet wounds and - now I think I can guess what he was up to... amazingly this seems to be beyond the powers of our passport controls... When he returned he was not monitored nor even noticed... astonishing isn't it?

istanbultory said...
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istanbultory said...

I have reached the point where I have to delete my own comments on the basis that they are fairly absurd.I blame the heat and the after effects of Lesbos.
Ellee,
Just pointing out that the good burghers of Lesbos are particularly civilised. And I agree on Turkey and the EU...obviously. I just can't understand why the UK Conservative Party is still backing Turkey's EU bid. It is not going to play well with the Tory grassroots and Labour and increasingly the Lib Demmers already have a lockhold on the Muslim bloc vote. Turkey is changing.....but not necessarily in a positive way.
Mutley, astonishing, indeed. It all goes to show....Labour soft on terror, soft on the instigators of terror.

verity said...

Stamboul Tory says: "I just can't understand why the UK Conservative Party is still backing Turkey's EU bid."

Maybe for the same reason they have no intention of freeing Britain from the EU?

Newmania said...

And Brown has turned out to be the biggest Pussy cat of them all on the EU. I wish Verity would do somenthing on the way the US Press is treating it , the snippets I have seen assume we know we no longer contral out own foreign Policy.

verity said...

Newmania - Don'tknow. But I think we need to know the terms of coming to this site.

One post every two days? OK. At least we know and we may forget on which alternate day a post is to appear and therefore neglect ever to come back.

istanbultory said...

Well, I am on holiday dontcha know. Actually, I was going to post yesterday but play was suspended due to a prolonged power cut.