Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Blair government in complete policy U-turn following "turns out it wasn't either popular or properly thought through" shocker! - This time those stupid data retention proposals they were trying to push through the EU to avoid having to have a vote in Westminster on the things.

Now, I wonder, will they start pushing for EU-wide biometric ID as an alternative? They've only got a couple of months left with the presidency - are they really going to achieve NOTHING with it?

I do hope so...

1 Comments:

Anonymous john said...

unfortunately it aint all done with - first all of i'd recommend reading http://www.statewatch.org/news/2005/oct/council-data-retention-oct-05.pdf
basically saying that the council should go with the Commission directive but modify it to make it worse + remove things like reimbursement.
then the JHA press release http://ue.eu.int/ueDocs/newsWord/en/jha/86570.doc
showing that (i think) they couldnt get agreement at the JHA council over what to do and put it off until the next jha council (1st dec i think) so the framework decision is still gonna be hanging around whilst the commission directive might get going as well which, ive been told, is a slightly bizarre situation for the EU and people cant recall such a thing happening before!
anyway its less of a uturn than a realisation that getting something thru codecision with EP is better than something challenged under the ECJ

10/12/2005 09:52:00 pm  

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