|Teresa May Sells Us Out|
The Tories had promised that they would do away with draconian interventionist policies of the EU, and try to win back some of the rights they had lost to the EU. But now with the Lib Dems clinging to their coattails and Clegg ever keen to hand over more power to Brussels, it is looking bleak indeed. Who is really running the country? It is not David Cameron. So much for "voting for change".
The European Investigation Order means that any police force from any European Union country can come into Great Britain and spy on its citizens. They can bug your phone, spy on your house, demand to see your personal papers and take you back for questioning and/or prosecution to their countries without the British government being able to do anything about it. The argument that May and her cronies used was that it would be reciprocal. That is, the the British could do the same and enter other countries looking for criminals. This EIO is to be part of the EAW (European Arrest Warrant) which allows police to extradite UK citizens to their countries for prosecution. The problem with the latter is that tiny misdemeanors are also being used to track down people including petty thefts (cupboard doors, piglets). People are actually being extradited, kept in prison for months in foreign prisons awaiting trials sometimes without proper time to even prepare a defense. Basic rights to fair trials are often violated.
The difficulty is that corruption is rife in many of the European Union member countries. We are handing our lives over to some governments that do not hold the same sense of government, values and representation that we attempt to uphold (and that's obviously in jeopardy).
So now, we don't just have to worry about our council spying on us, and people watching us on camera all day and night long....we have to worry about the police in Estonia or Bulgaria listening to our conversations with Aunt Hattie in Pittsburgh. I can see them now, with their midnight pastries and steaming hot coffee from their run to the Tartu or Bobol Dov "Dunkin' Donuts"....two or three policemen listening in to hear if Aunt Hattie's recipe for spinach lasagna would be better with ricotta or mozarella. It's ricotta, boys.( And if it isn't, don't arrest me.)