Let us be clear on another thing: a country in which the police can stop you and force you to comply with their demands on a mere whim is a police state. You can argue the toss with me on this if you like, but I maintain that any place where the police can pull you over in your car for no reason whatsoever and breathalyse you just because they feel like it is not a free country.
Drivers face random breath testing regardless of how they are driving, under government plans to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries caused by drink driving.
Still, as EU Referendum points out, we no longer live in a free country: we are a vassal state of a bureaucratic dictatorship.
This, of course, has been dreamed up by the government, completely spontaneously, a sovereign nation deciding to act in order to safeguard its citizens.
Yet, in May 2004, the then Home Office was robustly insisting that random tests were not an efficient way of catching drink-drivers. It did not see the need for them to be introduced. So what changed?
Well … It might just have something to do with this. Leave it long enough and allow the furore to die down and then you can pretend it was your idea all along. The media – with no memory at all – will never cotton on.
And what is "this"?
Early birds may well have caught the news that the EU’s commission is calling on the UK to introduce random breath tests to catch drink-drivers.
Says Ad Hellemons, also Dutch Assistant Commissioner of Police, talking to BBC Radio Five Live Five: "This is the first time the European Commission has made such a recommendation. The vast majority of member states already carry out random breath tests. We can’t understand why governments would want to protect drink-drivers".
"The European Commission has made it clear that they expect this recommendation to be followed. If not they will try to make it a directive". There you have it—you will do as we "recommend", or we will make it compulsory.
The use of this technique is a classic "velvet glove, iron fist" moment, of course.
However, with the authority of the Maastricht Treaty behind it, slowly, steadily and insistently, the EU is moving towards taking over the whole of policy domain on road safety policy and law enforcement throughout the 25 member states, Britain included. Today’s story was only the tip of a huge iceberg, the outcome of which will be that, in the fullness of time, the Home Office - whether it likes it or it - is going to have to do as it is told.
And we still think we are an independent country?
No. Perhaps the politicians do think that (although surely they cannot?) but if they do, they are deluding themselves. Slowly but surely, we are being taken over.
And more and more, I am returning to the view that leaving the EU is the single, most important issue facing this country today. Whilst we are part of that stinking organisation, we have no chance of building a liberal society and we will never, ever be free again.
Britons can chant and sing at the Last Night of the Proms all they like—they are already slaves: it's just that most of them just don't realise it yet.