I kjølvannet av Human Rights-debatten i Storbritannia, hvor man lengter etter å frigjøre seg fra EUs åk slik at man kan få sendt terrorister og andre uønskede ut av landet, har et lyst hode i EU-kommisjonen kommet med en ny idé: smiger. Alle liker litt ros, ikke sant?
Ville ikke du ha ønsket litt ros av denne mannen?
Britain is the ‘best pupil in class’ for obeying edicts from Strasbourg, a senior Eurocrat declared today.
Thorbjorn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, said the rest of the continent looked to the UK to set an example on human rights – so it must let convicts have the vote.
Men britene ønsker ikke å gi innsatte stemmerett, og dette falt ikke i god jord hos britiske parlamentsmedlemmer, som anklagde Jagland for ‘patronising drivel’.
At a Westminster hearing, Tory MP Nick Gibb asked Mr Jagland if it was the ‘judicial activism’ of Strasbourg that was the problem, rather than Britain ‘sliding into becoming an abuser of human rights’.
Mr Jagland replied: ‘You [Britain] are the best pupil in the class.’
But he claimed that, if the UK did not obey the diktat on prisoner, votes, it would set a bad example to countries such as Russia.
He said it would be impossible for the UK to leave the convention on human rights and remain a member of the council.
And he warned that Britain’s international influence would be diminished if it decided to go for the ‘nuclear possibility’ of not complying with the ruling.
Så der var riset bak speilet. Tory MP Dominic Raab var ikke imponert:
‘This is yet more patronising drivel from the Eurocrats. The idea we should sacrifice democracy at home to promote the European agenda abroad is a Faustian bargain Parliament should reject.’
Oops, gjennomskuet. Et lite kurs i britisk omgangstone burde nok EU ha spandert på Jagland.