The European Union has weathered the storms of eurozone bailouts, the migration crisis and Brexit, but some fear coronavirus could be even more destructive.

In a rare intervention Jacques Delors, the former European commission president who helped build the modern EU, broke his silence last weekend to warn that lack of solidarity posed “a mortal danger to the European Union”.

There’s a silver lining to every cloud then….

25 thoughts on “Excellent”

  1. the migration crisis

    Stupid. Migration isn’t like a storm – something to be weathered. It’s a quantitative problem, like cancer. Just because hordes of iPhone-toting Third World rapists aren’t in the news every day anymore, doesn’t mean the EU has the all clear.

    How fucked is Europe? Well, the Turks are openly boasting of waging holy war on Europe, and the EU does nothing. Just this week a German court finally got round to sentencing a Syrian enricher who beat a German man to death in Wittenberg.

    They gave him community service. Honk honk!

  2. I’m not sure we’re in a position to laugh at the EU, Steve. Not while the invasion force keeps a-coming across the Channel and UKBF seem powerless to stop them.

  3. Let’s expand that list of organisations which have sunk to the occasion:
    – Public Health England
    – the WHO
    – the police

    Any more?

  4. Bloke in North Dorset

    They had to work hard but journalists have managed to plumb greater depths of idiocy and incompetence:

    A third group in the room (be that virtually), whose leadership should be indispensable, are the press, charged with asking penetrating, crucial questions on our behalf. This should be when the nation feels the latest strategy is being held to account and scrutinised, when more light is shone on controversial decisions that affect our livelihoods and liberty, even life and death. The media are so key in a national emergency, especially when opposition parties in the UK are – let us say – largely in disarray, even leaderless. That’s even more true with parliament in recess.

    And yet many of us watching end up groaning or swearing in disbelief that the journalists seem more intent on playing ‘gotcha!’ than digging deeper.

    The present dissatisfaction in the media was brought home to me in reaction to its response to the news that Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock and Chris Whitty are all self-isolating after either testing positive, or showing symptoms, for Covid-19. One broadcast journalist asked if the PM had been negligent in catching the virus. I tweeted in exasperation, asking if journos had noticed that this was a highly contagious virus. I wondered if politicians hiding away from the country and refusing to leave their home would have been more negligent. The tweet went viral and almost all the replies were cries of despair at journalistic standards, not political ineptitude.

    And in the clip in this Tweet Peston quotes China as an authority:

    Just for once, an expert stands up to an armchair consultant: in this case, Peston. Here it turns out that he is hopelessly misguided. The Prof patiently, courteously puts him right. Peston, realising he’s dug a big hole, tries to shut him up, but the Prof rams home an education

    https://twitter.com/DrJamesKent3/status/1245567843770470400?s=20

  5. Julia–not powerless but ordered not to.

    At some point we are going to have to start disobeying.

    And supporting each other. One of the reasons Plod is frit of the RoP is that–as others on here have said, I forget who–they are still tribal and if you have a go at one then lots of them get involved.

    The 5 costumes who turned up at the house of the traffic-warden filmer would have been discommoded had all his neighbours and all the others in the street started coming around “Are these buggers annoying you abc?” “What’s all this about Officer–why are 5 of you pestering our neighbour? ” “Why’s that one fingering his taser? Better leave it in the holster”.

    That sort of verbals and lots of cameras and just the fact people were turning out would do a vast amount to ensure the attitude of the Police is amended.

    So long as they can turn up mob-handed, fuck you over cos you are all on your own and walk away laughing –then that is what they’ll do.

  6. Mr Ecks, you’re totally correct – think back to that video of the cops getting verbals from one of the ethnic ‘community’ just the other day in London. Did they get shorty, start throwing their weight around?

    No. They stood there and took it.

  7. Dennis, Offender of Krauts, Frogs and other Wogs

    Gee, Germany and France fail to come through at the exact point in time their leadership is needed most.

    Now who could have seen that coming?

    Then again, history shows us that the only response Germany seems to understand when a crisis arises is to invade another country, and the only response France seems capable of is collapse.

  8. Dennis, A Septic To His Very Bones

    At some point we are going to have to start disobeying.

    How you gonna do that, Ecksy? Got a narwhal tusk?

    You surrendered your freedom ages ago. And without a fuss. So, in the final analysis, you’ll take it. You always do. It’s a large part of what makes you British.

  9. As with Catskill Ted Dennis –you set up a live feed at your place when the “cold dead hand” moment arrives and we can witness your heroic last stand as an inspiration to us all.

  10. Looking at the data . . .

    https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

    Italy, Spain and France have over half of the total deaths. [Probably wrong, as Chinese death numbers are surely BS.]

    An explosion of deaths in UK just doesn’t seem likely.

    ‘Jacques Delors, the former European commission president who helped build the modern EU, broke his silence last weekend to warn that lack of solidarity’

    You expect solidarity from 27 disparate nations? Two millennia of history was to just disappear when the union was formed? Former president of the commission doesn’t know this? Fantasy land? Good drugs? Pants on fire liar?

    “Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by stupidity.”

  11. PJF – interesting language in that article:

    often having fled war in Syria and Iraq

    “Often”, i.e. most of them are trying it on to get to the land of handouts and fiki fiki.

    The court rejected the legal argument that Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic were entitled to disregard EU law in order to maintain public safety

    Protecting your citizens from rape, stabbings, or trucks of peace is verboten, according to some robed nonces.

    countries, such as Germany and Sweden, which took in large numbers of refugees, have argued it is unacceptable for member states to shirk the task of easing the strain

    Suicide pacts are a lot less fun when nobody joins in.

    The UN refugee agency reported last month that more than 36,000 asylum seekers were living in desperate conditions on five Greek islands in squalid camps originally designed for 5,400 people.

    They’ve tried everything except rounding them up and ship them back. Because EU bugmen believe in a perverse sort of woke lebensraum where any goat-bothering tribesman, however retarded, is magically entitled to colonise Europe provided his skin is sufficiently brown.

    Eight EU countries have volunteered to take in 1,600 lone children.

    It’s probably for the best that these “children” have beards and wrinkles, knowing what we do now about Germany’s long running policy of deliberately housing foster kids with known pedos.

  12. Dennis, A Septic To His Very Bones

    At some point we are going to have to start disobeying.

    The above attempt at bravado was yours, Ecksy, not mine. I was just pointing out how silly you sounded, nothing more…

    The time for you to “start disobeying” has come and gone, and it was a long, long time ago.

  13. So five coppers–well-armed American coppers– turn up on your doorstep to hassle you for perfectly-legal photography Dennis–you gonna open up on them then? If you do it ends when you are dead. So –if you aren’t going to shoot it out–how are you any different from a disarmed UK citizen? You will take whatever shit they give you with as much passive-aggression as you can muster and that is fucking ALL you’ll do.

  14. Dennis the Essential

    Are you in lockdown, Dennis, trying to relieve the monotony?

    Actually, I am not in lockdown. The State of Ohio, in its wisdom, has deemed accountants as essential personnel and as such I am except from all restrictions. And as it stands, most of my corporate client base is also exempt (construction and related trades, trucking, and home health care). I visited three of my corporate clients yesterday.

    That being said, being in the throes of tax season – pandemic or no – does get a bit monotonous… But pushing Ecksy’s buttons never is (despite the ease in said pushing).

  15. Dennis, Septic to the Masses

    So five coppers–well-armed American coppers– turn up on your doorstep to hassle you for perfectly-legal photography Dennis–you gonna open up on them then?

    Five cops showing up at a doorstep over some sort of stupid shit is more a British thing than an ‘Merican thing, Ecksy. And I don’t do “What if I was a wog” sort of hypotheticals: You know, whether five of Britain’s finest would show up at my doorstep if I say mean things on Twitter or carry a concealed butter knife…

  16. Notable that
    https://www.youtube.com/user/ProductiehuisEU/videos

    Is now devoid of new EU news and it’s all attack Boris & Trump

    Has EU closed, ended?

    @Andrew M April 2, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Any more?
    – NHS Trust Procurement Directors, Managers…
    – EU
    – UN
    – BBC, C4, ITV, Sky UK
    – The Left, The Greens, The Anti-capitalists…

    @Ecks
    Traffic Warden Dances After Putting Parking Ticket On Pensioners Car
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9T14hKqKNI

    British police turn up mob handed to a mans house because he filmed a traffic warden
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCQtdeU1alo

    LBC busts coronavirus fake news and misinformation
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAaV_rJf2Dg

    LBC: What you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bp_C_I-geA

    Dear Stasi, take note of:
    – Should not Must
    – Advice & Advise not Must

    A family trip to beach is not illegal; nor is sunbathing in park, hill walking. An MC ride – totally isolated and if very high speed good cardio exercise, pulse can go over 200bpm

    Plod, like Left want no happiness or fun, only misery

    @Dennis +1

  17. @Ecks
    Traffic Warden Dances After Putting Parking Ticket On Pensioners Car
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9T14hKqKNI

    British police turn up mob handed to a mans house because he filmed a traffic warden
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCQtdeU1alo

    LBC busts coronavirus fake news and misinformation
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAaV_rJf2Dg

    LBC: What you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bp_C_I-geA

    Dear Stasi, take note of:
    – Should not Must
    – Advice & Advise not Must

    A family trip to beach is not illegal; nor is sunbathing in park, hill walking. An MC ride – totally isolated and if very high speed good cardio exercise, pulse can go over 200bpm

    Plod, like Left want no happiness or fun, only misery

    @Dennis +1

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