As they say, better late than never. One effect of the new coalition is not simply that it has removed a blinkered, tyrannical, decade long regime from Downing St. It seems to have also had the effect of opening the previously closed eyes of Fleet St. The Daily Mail seems to have found its eurosceptic voice out of the blue, after years of Gordon Brown-adoring by Dacre.
The Daily Telegraph too has suddenly found that the EU with its authoritarian ways is carrying out serious injustices against British citizens. British citizens are being removed to face imprisonment in other European countries over things as simple as traffic offences.
The EU Extradition Law was introduced many years ago – in 2003, the year of the Iraq War and of the crushing of Press freedom in Britain by Blair and Campbell – allegedly to fight against terrorism. Yet seven years later British citizens, in thousands, are being removed to face imprisonment in other European countries, in many cases, over things as simple as traffic offences.
Restoring the necessary monitoring of extradition requests might be expensive, but even in a time of stringency, the cost is worth it. The system was agreed on the grounds that all EU states have equally fair legal systems, so no sacrifice of liberty would be involved in an overseas trial. But it is pure fantasy to think that Bulgaria, or Romania, or even Greece or Italy, have legal systems that provide equivalent protections for the accused. Even if they are cleared, they will have had to undergo the trauma and disruption of being summoned to a foreign country to answer the charges, which are often relatively trivial.
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It’s worse than injustice. These arrests are nothing more than a way to feed a legal system hungry for cases and easy money. This is simply an extortion racket, agreed to by Blair in 2003, and now creaming Britons of their savings by threatening to remove their freedom.