All your people are belong to us
The only way for Britain to be safe from terrorism is to surrender its national veto over new European Union laws covering cross-border police and judicial co-operation, the EU's leading justice official said last night.
Franco Frattini, EU commission vice-president for justice, liberty and security, said that the requirement to reach unanimous agreement among all 25 member states was holding up key new initiatives and putting British lives at risk.
It was time to put aside "national jealousies", said Mr Frattini, a former Italian foreign minister. It was time to allow Europe's national police forces, secret services, court systems and prosecutors to leap over frontiers and borders when in pursuit of terrorists, organised criminals, paedophiles and other serious offenders, which the EU says includes those guilty of racism and xenophobia.
I suppose I will accused of xenophobia if I express a hestitation in welcoming magistrates from Naples, rozzers from Paxos and spooks from Madrid to spy, arrest and judge Her Brittanic Majesty's Subjects - I hope my cell has a decent view over the Med...