In the past few weeks we have seen the agregation of arbritary power in the European Parliament and the sorry end of the Tillack saga. Yet [Jack Straw] seems to be singing from the same song sheet as Hans Gert Poettering was when he told us that Europe has given us rights for the first time. He also said that with rights come obligations,"The Charter of Fundamental Rights is the first document of its kind to give economic and social rights the same status as political rights and basic freedoms".
The thing is he said this a few years back at a meeting of EPP Parliamentary assistants,H-G P: "Europe will have both rights and duties"
EH: "Excuse me but what do mean by the term duties?"
H-G P: "Oh, taxation and military service".
My blood ran cold.
Military service, eh? I wonder when our politicians will spring that one on us? Will nice Mr Cameron's "summer camps" suddenly morph into boot camps, I wonder...?