Sunday, 15 October 2017

Judy Asks: Why the Delay on an EU Migration Policy?


Just one very mild, quotidian example, out of thousands every day, of the way EU enthusiasts think, speak and write.

This pensee is from one Miriam Lexmann, styled 'Member of the advisory board, COMPASS project on capacity-building and governance at the University of Kent'.

"Beyond the focus on the (in)sufficiency of development aid and technical policy details, it highlights more fundamentally that the EU cannot reflect solidarity if its populace does not cherish this virtue and if political leaders opt for popularity instead of leadership. The Visegrád Four’s dispute over migrant quotas displays a deep lack of democratic procedure, while the EU as a community lacks sufficient communication methods with its own demos, who are often hijacked by populist rhetoric."

Translated into English

The EU cannot allow lots of migrants from war zones in Africa and Asia to settle in Europe if Europeans don't want this and political leaders indulge voters rather than ignoring their wishes. It is the Visegrad Four [who are doing what their electors want by trying not to take in migrants, rather then the EU as a whole] who 'display a deep lack of democratic procedure'. The EU as a whole has failed to persuade electors that settling huge numbers of people from war zones in Europe is a good idea because of bad communication skills.
'Judy Asks' is a long running series which sometimes makes me laugh aloud and sometimes makes me want to cry, depending. 

After the UK referendum result one would have needed a heart of stone not to laugh at Judy (she's an Irishwoman, not English, by the way) and her interlocutors. But migrants are not funny. 

No-one in the discussion to which I link suggests that the EU needs a demos if it is to be democratic and it will be difficult enough to merge 27 countries into a European demos without throwing into the mix mass immigration from Africa and Asia. 

But perhaps I am wrong and the Euro enthusiasts chatting to Judy are right.  European national feeling and tradition are the enemy of the EU project and perhaps anything that undermines them helps 'European integration'.


  1. Another Mediterranean paradise island, Lipari which I love dearly, is slated to be destroyed by migrants. The other night my daughter was on duty when she got a call saying that over 100 Syrian and Iraqi.migrants were arriving..from Istanbul. Once ashore, they flooded.into the barracks, covered in.excrement and urine and possibly carrying infectuous diseases. Her commander ordered the accompanying police to get them off out of the barracks immediately. They were shipped across to Messina and other members of the Coast Guard conducted a manhunt for the traffickers who had headed for Filicudi. She is worried that now thanks to Erdogan, the Aeolian Islands will have an accommodation centre despite the locals' outrage

  2. It's undemocratic to pander to the whims of the voters? Miss Miriam's Orwellian language manipulation is pretty strong here.

  3. "'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.' 'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you can make words mean so many different things.' 'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master — that's all.'"