Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Blair and Brown Save British Way of Life

What is it about the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights that Blair and Brown so dislike? It can't be the right to life (Article 1) or the prohibition of torture (Article 4). Could it be the right to freedom of assembly and association "... which implies the right of everyone to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his or her interests" (Article 12)? Could it be the right to asylum (Article 18) which "...requires the Union to respect the Geneva Convention on Refugees"? Surely it can't be the prohibition of discrimination "...based on any ground such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation..."? Or equality between men and women, or the rights of the child, or the rights of the elderly? Wait a minute. I think I'm getting warm: Article 27 is about the "..workers' right to information and consultation within the undertaking...". Quite despicable. And what's this? Article 31: "Every worker has the right to working conditions which respect his or her health, safety and dignity". And: "Every worker has the right to limitation of maximum working hours, to daily and weekly rest periods and to an annual period of paid leave". It gets worse: "Article 30: Protection in the event of unjustified dismissals; "Article 28. Right of collective bargaining and action"; "Article 31. Fair and just work conditions".... Thank the good Lord (who is of course Blair's personal pal) that - his resolve stiffened by Brown - Blair managed to obtain what is in effect an opt-out for the UK. The Charter is obviously a vile document threatening the whole British way of life. Just as well we have these two Labour leaders to protect us.


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