You have to admire the shameless, brass-necked dishonesty of the BBC’s delusional reporters as they discuss the possible collapse of the, their, European Dream. A dream that the BBC has given fulsome support to with endless, relentlessly pro-European reports that were intended not to shine a light on events in Europe but to persuade a critical and dubious British Public of the EU’s benefits.
Here Gavin Hewitt tolls the bells for the possible death-knell of the EU…read it and your mouth will just gape wide open at the way he reports with a straight face all those doubts people had about the EU, immigration and Islamist’s in our midst but which the BBC spent years trying to playdown, cover up and deny…..
An unwinding rarely has a start date. It settles in over time. It is an erosion, deceptive, slow at first, and then it is all around you; old certainties crumbling; the believer’s glint dulled; the claim on destiny weakened.
In just a matter of months, the idea of Europe has been unwinding, buffeted by successive crises; the Greek drama, the columns of migrants; the terror attacks.
So how does the unwinding reveal itself?
It can be glimpsed in the edginess of European officials.
In the confessionals: Sweden, declares its prime minister, had been “naive” about Islamist extremists.
[In the confessionals eh?….many a BBC journo should join them after having been such enthusiastic backers of the Islamist narrative]
It is an era defined by the stripping away of illusions.
[Let’s hope so……the BBC’s own biased illusions most of all…perhaps we can get some honest reportng about the EU from now on]
The terror attacks in Paris exposed layers of deceit and wishful thinking.
Europe’s borders were not secure.
The extremists had moved around Europe’s passport-free borders – guaranteed under the Schengen agreement – undetected.
[F**king cheek ….The BBC has been the chief cheerleader for mass immigration and open borders, and went so far as to try and deny there was any danger from Islamist Jihadis coming into Europe with the migrants so desperate were the BBC not to allow anything to give a reason to put controls on immigration….the BBC were happy to see terrorists enter Europe even if it meant mass murder…as happened in Paris.]
Schengen was more than just an agreement; it was an article of faith that there would be freedom of movement between 22 of the EU’s member states.
But recent weeks have laid bare the flaws. Returning citizens with EU passports were hardly ever checked against watch lists or security data bases.
But civil liberties trumped security.
[Yes they did…..liberal arrogance got people killed]
Change at last
Now belatedly change is coming.
[What? The BBC is now the cheerleader for change in Europe and secure borders….FRO]
Even before the Paris attacks, Europe’s discomfort had deepened with the migrant crisis.
For Angela Merkel this was the latest great test of the European project; refugees were to be welcomed as a reflection of European values.
She was first baffled and then angered by the refusal of other countries to see it that way. They resisted the burden-sharing of quotas.
The attacks in Paris did have a link with the refugee crisis.
Most mainstream politicians correctly resisted the suggestion that migrants were potential terrorists but the fingerprints of two of the Paris bombers were recorded at a checkpoint in Greece in October.
[Ahhh…it’s all the politicians’ fault…the same politicians that the BBC lauded as they welcomed millions of immigrants to Europe, as they told us Islam was a religion of peace, as they told us of the peace and prosperity the European Union would bring us]
Europe, stripped of some of its illusions, is already engaging in a new realism.
The Europe of values will shortly try to clinch a deal with the increasingly authoritarian President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
[The Europe of values…ironically the very values that are at most risk from the immigrants being allowed into Europe]
Plenty of those who support the deeper integration of Europe now say that officials and leaders allowed dreams to get ahead of reality.
Quite simply, if Europe cannot provide security then voters will demand the nation states step back in. The old slogans will not suffice.
A harder-headed Europe will have to emerge that protects people and delivers jobs and security.
[Laugh, laugh loud…isn’t this the same BBC that tried to malign the Front National leader’s policies as ‘typically hardline’…
Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right opposition National Front party, has taken a typically hardline position in response to the attacks.
And here’s a whole article from only two months ago designed solely to portray Le Pen and her policies as somewhat odious…
“It [uncontrolled mass immigration] is welcome for all the xenophobic parties of Europe, who can say that what is happening now is not immigration. It is an invasion from the Middle East.
“And if, God forbid, there were to be a terrorist act carried out by someone who could be shown to be from this mass movement, then that would play into her hands still further.
“We can expect a lot more of the fear factor as the elections approach.”
[An invasion from the Middle East by millions of Muslims? Can’t say Le Pen would be wrong if that is what she said.]
The biggest irony is that it is the BBC’s, amongst many others’, own deception of the public, its own self-deception on immigration and the European adventure that has led to this crisis, both in immigration and the EU as an idea. Promoting open borders was always going to be a disaster and lead to anti-immigrant feeling and then ultimately to bloodshed. The BBC’s refusal to report straight on the EU and to arrogantly sneer at the sceptics, going so far as to label them racists, was never going to be a successful strategy long term and only bred discontent and distrust over Europe.]