So this is
Democracy European style, and this is fast becoming democracy UK style. Rules?, what rules? Oh those
rules, they just get in the way and take too long, just make it up as you go
along. Don’t worry about the legal base, we’ll cover our tracks later.
conclusion of the EU Data Protection Supervisor as he slammed the way in which
the Data sharing agreement was concluded by 7 member states in Prum.
Commission, pushed by the European Council, neglected its statutory obligation
to ensure its initiatives are democratically accountable, transparent, and
planned wisely, when considering plans for police data sharing the European
Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said yesterday.
The EDPS took the
unusual step of speaking out of turn on the Treaty of Prüm, a legislative
measure designed to give European police forces a legal basis for sharing data
with one another. There's nothing wrong with sharing data to catch baddies, but
the framework has been knocked up in such a hurry since the treaty was signed
in May 2005 that the EDPS is worried it pays scant regard to the liberties of
EDPS has criticised the “democratic legitimacy” of the initiative and
even raised questions about its legal basis. “One could argue that the
Prüm convention breaches the law of the European Union, for the reasons
mentioned above,” said the EDPS in the opinion. But, it added, as it's all
about introducing European law into an area where it has minimal jurisdiction
anyway, it's “mainly theoretical”.
problem stemmed from the way in which Prüm was established. European police
wanted to share data, but the law restricted them. An EU framework that would
allow them to share is working through the Brussels mangle, but is likely to take a long
time. So a coterie of seven member states broke away from the EU and met in
Prüm to establish the basis for their own data sharing arrangement.
result, other member states are denied a real say in the choice of rules,”
the EDPS said.
all need for a democratic and transparent legislative process since it does not
even respect the already very limited prerogatives under the third pillar”
(The third pillar being the area of police and judicial matters over which the
EU has so little influence). (source)
So what other
laws have this government forced through in this manner? What other laws are we
following that fail the democracy test? What other laws have no legal base?
This is not a mistake, this is by design, planned, done on purpose. Think back to March 25th, the European declaration, where it stated that it wanted data sharing and ID cards pushed through in a way that would circumvent the normal parliamentary constraints.
Somebody out there wants you, me and everyone else in Europe tagged and monitored, and they want it done quickly.
Destroying Britain from the inside out.