Echoes of the Sudetenland

The argument then was that the people were being cruelly oppressed by the government. This meant that the guardian of the people was and would be right to tear the people away from that government.

The ruling prompted Guy Verhofstadt, a prominent MEP and former chief Brexit coordinator, to warn that Poland’s eurosceptic government was trying to drag the country out of the bloc.

“Against the wishes of the vast majority of Polish people who want an EU future, the populist governing PiS [Law and Justice] party is determined to take Poland out of the EU,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Will anyone act to stop them before it is too late?” he added, and claimed that the rule of law in Poland was breaking down.

Only one more step for Verhofstadt to complete the logic circuit, isn’t it?

It’s also fun watching someone try to put populism and majoritarian democracy in opposition to each other…..

18 thoughts on “Echoes of the Sudetenland”

  1. Funny how the word popular has shifted its meaning. What a mistake Ford made in naming the car. Or has it? Popular music has always been music the “people like us” don’t listen to.

  2. Lots of interesting stuff happening over in the East, completely ignored by the Beeb. How about the story about Belarus apparently sending hordes of African migrants into Lithuania and Lithuania retaliating by constructing a razor wire barrier. What would the Graun have to say about that?

  3. The more anyone sees of Verhofstadt, the more Eurosceptical they will become. You’d think they would keep him out of the public view, but they don’t have the sense.

  4. “Failing to do as we command” = “draging Poland out of the eu”.

    Everywhere you look these days you see petulant little emperors.

  5. Bloke in Cornwall

    @Arthur the cat

    If by covering it you mean there is a story, half way down the Europe news page, without a photo then, yep, they are…

    As someone who generally skims the headlines on the home page – I had no idea…

  6. Roué le Jour said:
    “Everywhere you look these days you see petulant little emperors”

    Yes, they’re almost making Murphy look normal.

  7. Stonyground, I’m afraid it’s impossible to say. I can’t imagine that anybody would think that the UK would take action against Belarus on this issue but, then again, the MP does not clarify what the issue is

  8. IIUIC, the “judicial reforms” the EU objects to are the Poles trying to apply some level of accountability to judges.

    Instead of them being an unaccountable priestly caste who can change the law to whatever they feel like, whenever they feel like it, using magic lawyer words as justification like they do in Western European countries with their “independent” judiciaries. We still have the Blairite monstrosity of a “Supreme Court” that decided to unilaterally rewrite the British constitution because BLOND MAN BAD.

    Seems like an overdue reform and I wish our plumber friends well, but there’s an inevitable tension between what they want (normal family life and democratic self-governance) and what the EU is for (clown world managerialist dictatorship of the paedotariat and infinity immigration).

    Polexit is the obvious solution, but I dunno if Stanislaw can overcome his fear and loathing of the Rus to realise that the Globohomo empire (Washington DC and Brussels branches) represents a far bigger existential threat than Soviet communism ever did.

  9. @ Steve:

    …the Globohomo empire (Washington DC and Brussels branches) represents a far bigger existential threat than Soviet communism ever did.

    You’re right.

    Eastern Europeans did a pretty good job of clinging onto their cultures and identities under Soviet rule because their rulers actually needed them in order to supply labour and knowhow. The Globalists simply don’t care about the lives or wellbeing of any of them and would replace them with Third-Worlders without a second thought.

  10. “Instead of them being an unaccountable priestly caste who can change the law to whatever they feel like, whenever they feel like it, using magic lawyer words as justification like they do in Western European countries with their “independent” judiciaries. We still have the Blairite monstrosity of a “Supreme Court” that decided to unilaterally rewrite the British constitution because BLOND MAN BAD.

    Seems like an overdue reform and I wish our plumber friends well, but there’s an inevitable tension between what they want (normal family life and democratic self-governance) and what the EU is for (clown world managerialist dictatorship of the paedotariat and infinity immigration).”

    Not much tension, if the population take a bit more notice of their politicians.

    Like I’ve always felt that UKIP was more than the EU. It was also about people objecting to the idea of a Prime Minister who liked The Smiths. We really need the Reform party to grab the right of politics as the Tories shift left and nudge Labour into the Spartist/Wolfie void.

  11. Jonathan – Also Stalin, afaik, never encouraged children to aspire to mutilation and sterility.

    BoM4 – It was also about people objecting to the idea of a Prime Minister who liked The Smiths.

    Oh shut your mouth, how can you say I go about things the wrong way?

  12. “Also Stalin, afaik, never encouraged children to aspire to mutilation and sterility.”

    Not for Russians. For anyone who didn’t want to be in the Soviet Empire? There’s a reason people suspect trans is (another) socialist conspiracy.

  13. If the vast majority of the Polish people want an EU future then PiS has no chance of taking Poland out of the EU.
    Who on earth believes Verhofstadt’s loony claim?
    If however, the majority of Poles want Justice then the sooner the Law and Justice party takes them out of the EU the better.

  14. Oh shut your mouth, how can you say I go about things the wrong way?

    Not sure but heaven knows I’m miserable now.

  15. I do like PiS as the name of a political party. Of course in English we add another ‘s’.

    Though I must admit that if I was a Pole I’d want to tell the EU to piss off. I really don’t like foreigners telling me what to do.

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