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They’re At It Again

I recently read this article with some dismay but not much surprise. I noticed the reasons given by the EU for wanting to create a pan-European Coastguard Service as being the desire to “… effectively combat current or future dangers at sea such as terrorism, piracy and trafficking …”.

Whilst the reasons given, in themselves sound laudable enough, when examined in detail they become spurious, please permit me to explain. Firstly, the question of Terrorism. Is the EU suggesting that a pan European Coastguard should become an armed fourth “Arm of Service” (as in the American model)? And if so, why ?

Britain already has a dedicated, specialist Unit for this important task, in the shape of The Fleet Protection Group, Royal Marines. Therefore, one has to question the sense in and need for un-armed civilians to be trained in this role. Secondly, the matter of piracy and trafficking … we already have an organisation to deal with these matters in the form of UKBA, equipped with the necessary tools to do the job.

Next we come to the Raison d’être for HM Coastguard, that of their rescue co-ordination role. In this they are already ably supported by both RN & RAF SAR (Search & Rescue)  air assets, the RNLI, Police Forces and, where required other specialist units of HM Armed Forces (for example, RAF Cliff & Mountain Rescue Teams). All of which may be called upon, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year (legislation exists to ensure that this happens).

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Now, unless I’ve missed something vitally obvious, I cannot for the life of me see how creating a pan-European Coastguard will improve matters by one iota.

Our existing Rescue Services already work perfectly well alongside their Irish, Dutch, Belgian, French etc counterparts, when required, aided by the fact that the international language of Maritime & Aviation operations is English. What it will do however, is create the thin end of a very large wedge. It will give the EU Kommisars the opportunity to create an organisation over which they & they alone have total control … I feel this is just one step closer to a pan-European Defence Force.

The future of HM Coastguard is already under review, and, as is sensible, all organisations need to evolve in order to meet the ever-changing needs of those whom it serves. If this notion is permitted to survive, it will result in several expert organisations, effectively doing the same thing, at the same time … which makes neither operational nor financial sense. Therefore, this latest piece of EU lunacy must be vigorously resisted at all costs by the UK Government.

 

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31 comments

  1. Well said, Max. Fuck the EU.

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    • I couldn’t agree with you more but Cap’n H is the one who deserves credit for the post ;-)

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  2. I agree FUCK THE EU

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  3. The Man With Many Chins

    “Therefore, this latest piece of EU lunacy must be vigorously resisted at all costs by the UK Government.”

    But will it? Not a fucking hope in hells chance. The front bums in Westminster will wave their arms about and tell lots of lies, and it will still happen.

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  4. Pan euro peadeophiles more like. They’d ship kids anywhere they want in a flash. Same for drugs, women and other vunerables.

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  5. Its an attempt to entangle us even more in their net . It will be the armed forces next . The more intertwined we are with the eu the more difficult and costly it will be to get out , the better their argument for us staying in . We are going to end up like cojoined twins where one does not survive the operation to separate them .

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  6. …. but the Hungarians and Romanians might be able to give us good advice on improving our Coastguards …….

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    • Not necessarily advice, but their financial contribution would be welcome.

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  7. Whilst the reasons given, in themselves sound laudable enough, when examined in detail they become spurious …

    As with every effing proposal they make, sugar-coated for the gullible. So, so sick of it all.

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    • Fully agree, mate. It’s all about expansionism and power-grabbing. That’s all it’s ever been about since day 1.
      DEATH TO THE EU!
      DEATH TO THE EU!
      DEATH TO THE EU!

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    • Do you reject the eu ?
      I do.
      And all its works?
      I do.
      And all its empty promises?
      I do.

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  8. I think having a pan-European Coastguard Service is a jolly good idea.

    As an island with probably the greatest length of coastline per sq mile, for once we might gain more than we contribute.

    The Austrians, Czechs, Slovaks & Hungarians might complain though.

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  9. The EU is like an enormous, insatiable PacMan .. chomping away at anything within its reach ..

    Has anyone else spotted the irony in Camermong’s curtailed “jolly” to Africa ?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2016254/David-Cameron-admits-foreign-aid-HAS-wasted-insists-raising-spending.html

    He’s busy warning the Africans of the inherent dangers of permitting China too much influence .. whilst at home, in his own country, whose population have the ability to vote him out of a job .. he blithely ignores the bleedin’ obvious ..

    But then, I don’t suppose Camermong does irony …

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  10. Sobering post Captain. I think you’ve answered your own question though; it is part of the mission creep of the unelected EU to subvert existing national organisations (which are working well) and replace them with a pan-European setup which they alone control. The sop fed to the sheeple is that the principal reason for this “reorganisation” is that of economy and rationalisation. As if saving money is something for which the gluttonous EU and all its hellish disciples is noted in the first place.

    This stupid and short-sighted administration seems dead set on reducing the costs of its long-suffering armed forces so I fully expect to hear that the Royal Marines will be amalgamated with the Parachute Regiment (and possibly the RAF Regiment) in the near future – “Well…. they all do they same sort of thing, don’t they?” remarked one overfed and under-exercised Minister of the Crown as he filled out his expenses claim form – in order to “rationalise” and “save money”. Perhaps we’ll even watch as the silly buggers amalgamate the hooligans in Hereford with the ones in Poole…..

    Whichever way it goes, you may be sure that the service will be poorer, the public will be more at risk, it will cost everyone more and the politicians will remain entirely unaffected except that their Yurpean masters will let a few more crumbs fall in their direction from the table of plenty.

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    • I’m sure that the Filthy Engineer (whom I know sometimes posts here) won’t mind me borrowing a piece from one of his own contributors, which struck a chord with me …

      The Wrath of the Awakened Saxon … Kipling

      “It was not part of their blood,
      It came to them very late,
      With long arrears to make good,
      When the Saxon began to hate.

      “They were not easily moved,
      They were icy — willing to wait
      Till every count should be proved,
      Ere the Saxon began to hate.

      “Their voices were even and low.
      Their eyes were level and straight.
      There was neither sign nor show
      When the Saxon began to hate.

      “It was not preached to the crowd.
      It was not taught by the state.
      No man spoke it aloud
      When the Saxon began to hate.”

      It was not suddenly bred.
      It will not swiftly abate.
      Through the chilled years ahead,
      When Time shall count from the date
      That the Saxon began to hate.

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      • They’ll be a helluva lot more in the mood for hatin’ once they’ve had the bill through for the Euro bailout and who can blame ‘em?
        Der Morgiche Tag ist Mein…

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      • I like that one Captain.

        One of my favourites is this: “Never get angry. Never make a threat. Reason with people”.

        Sounds like Jesus? Nope, not him. Maybe Mother Teresa? Nope again. It was one Don Corleone…. ;-)

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        • My favourite is … “Never get mad .. Get even” … ;)

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          • Let me see, Skip….
            I believe your quote comes from the US TV series Alias Smith & Jones, circa 1969; the episode entitled The Posse that wouldn’t Quit
            Am I right?
            You’d better say “yes” since it’s so long I lost a pub quiz they’d have to give me 20cc of neat adrenaline IH to revive me…

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            • Sorry Wiggy .. can’t help you there, I honestly don’t know where it originated .. it just always made sense to me .. :)

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  11. I know there’s a fucking great bomb just gone off there and some rag-head cunt shooting at a children’s camp, but maybe we should emigrate en masse to Norway. No EU No Euro. I know the beer’s outrageously expensive, but we can brew our own. Anything’s got to be better than living on our knees in the EUSSR. Plus you can buy firearms over the counter with no licence needed. Sounds like the place to be.

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