Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Bl'EU' Plaques?

Courtesy of Gawain Towler, England Expects, comes this story - and the headline! The document to which GT links is entitled: "Proposal for a DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL establishing a European Union action for the European Heritage Label" and can be read here.

Lets begin at the beginning:
"This proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council puts
forward the introduction of a European Heritage Label, whose general objectives are
to strengthen European citizens' sense of belonging to the European Union, based on
shared elements of history and heritage.....
History? Heritage? What f'king history and heritage? Even if one takes the European Coal and Steel Community in the Treaty of Paris as the starting point of the EU, that is only 60 odd years - compared to the UK's centuries of history?

Then of course it only takes the next paragraph to illustrate the desire of the EU to brainwash the children:
"First, the initiative will be based on the European narrative of these sites and their symbolism for Europe, rather than aesthetics. Second, the focus will not be on conservation, but on the promotion of the sites and access to them, which includes providing good explanations on the European significance of the sites and organising educational activities, with special attention to young people."
Do note the words: 'with special attention to young people'!

Still only on page 1 we then get:
"The original concept of the European Heritage Label emerged in 2005 as one of the responses to the gap between the European Union and its citizens. This gap is linked to an important extent to a lack of knowledge of the history of Europe, of the role of the European Union and of the values on which it is based."
Again, please note the words 'of the role of the European Union'. No doubt this will be the oft-repeated spin about the EU preventing further wars in Europe - when in fact it was the Americans who carried out that role, in the process letting it be known that if anyone did start something they, the Americans, would kick arse! It is also worth pointing out to these 'EUnumpties' that sticking a few blue plaques up ain't going to make people forget they are Norwegian, British, French, German etc. The EU still don't realise that Europe is not a f'king country - it is a continent, presently (because of the amount of crap that emanates from Brussels) ruled by the incontinent!

Oh and guess what? There is going to be a Directive or Regulation shortly, forcing us to have these bloody bl'eu' plaques - see page 8 for the "Proposal for a DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL establishing a European Union action for the European Heritage Label". It is their intention - per Article 2 - to place these plaques on "monuments, natural or urban sites, cultural landscapes, places of remembrance, cultural goods and objects, intangible heritage attached to a place, including contemporary heritage." Shades of 1984, in that we will be daily reminded of 'the wonderful place in which we live' - what the bloody plaques won't remind you is that there is f'all we can do to get rid of the people who are ruining our lives!

Later on (page 16 - Article 14.1) we are informed:
"Each site awarded the European Heritage Label shall be monitored on a regular basis in order to ensure that it continues to fulfil the criteria and that it respects all the commitments made in its application."
which is Eurospeak for their wish to make sure no one has written 'Foxtrot Oscar' over them!

The EU has regions, sub-regions and sub-sub-regions - it won't be long people before we are all classified as normal, sub-normal and sub-sub-normal.


Anonymous said...

These deserve a defacement movement - but that would be illegal.
So how about a 'ridicule them' movement. When they start appearing organise lots of spoof lookalike plastic stickers and stick them all over the place?
Toilets, slums, windmills and eyesores would be favourites

Witterings From Witney said...

Like that idea one hell of a lot, Anon!

Take a merit mark, in fact take two and save one for later!

English Pensioner said...

We have plaques all over Europe, they are called War Graves. That is European Heritage, not a blue plaque on the place where von Rumpole (or whatever his name is) was born.

Anonymous said...

Glad you like it. I have been wondering about 'resistance' to the existing status quo. It seems to me that when dealing with puffed up authority figures outright resistance is not very effective. It just makes trouble and it's negative.

On the other hand ridicule is a very powerful tool. Done properly it can engage people who would otherwise not be interested and humour is positive and makes people supportive.
W42 (not properly logged in)

Witterings From Witney said...

EP, totally agree this lot wouldn't know history if it slapped them in the face!

Anon, quite, must try that line!