Monday, October 17, 2005

Attack Of The Losers

When I was a teenager and first skirmishing with the opposite sex, a rival boasted of his groping technique. He'd inch his hand towards an off-limits part of his date's anatomy, and get slapped. He'd withdraw, wait for a bit and try again. And again and again. He ended up hospitalized and dateless. The EU and UN use the same approach and get the same result.

The EU, after years of ignoring the wishes of "its" citizens decided to use a Constitution to retrospectively endorse its past infractions. It got a good thumping, and withdrew. Now it's sliding forward again:

A controversial European human rights programme is being imposed on Britain by the back door, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal. European Commission documents show that all new proposed legislation from Brussels will incorporate the Charter of Fundamental Rights - despite it having been rejected by voters.

The charter, a hotch-potch of guarantees, including the right to strike, was a key section of the European Constitution rejected this year by French and Dutch voters.

Wait for the slap!

Not to be outdone by its buddies, the corrupt, disgraced and humiliated UN is inching towards
the Internet (WSJ, subscription, my ellipsis and emphasis):

International bureaucrats and assorted countries are struggling to wrest control of "Internet governance" from that old unilateralist bogeyman, the United States...
if the United Nations gets its way in the coming month, the Web will end up under its control.

The (UN) working group's report says the governing body would respect freedom of expression. At the same time, it holds as one of its "key principles" the "respect for cultural and linguistic diversity as well as tradition [and] religion." On the Internet, it says, "that translates to multilingual, diverse and culturally appropriate content".

And who decides whether content is culturally, or otherwise, "appropriate"? Today, no one. Tomorrow, Tehran, Beijing or Brussels.

One area where a U.N.-run Web might very well expand its reach is into the taxpayer's pocket. Kofi Annan and Jacques Chirac have long dreamed of a global "solidarity" tax on online financial transactions. This could be their vehicle for doing so.

This shows suicidal bravado - imagine how this man will react when he spots Kofi sneaking towards an off-limits part of the US...