In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, a definite split in their choice of what is newsworthy can be observed, a split which follows the editorial stances towards BREXIT in the selected papers:
The former head of MI6 yesterday demolished the security case for staying in the EU – saying Britain could be safer out. Sir Richard Dearlove said Brexit would make it easier to deport terrorists and control our borders. He added that Europe could not turn its back on Britain if it left the EU because our intelligence services ‘give much more’ than they get in return. In any event, Washington was a more important counter-terror ally, he said. The former spy chief also dismissed suggestions that Brexit would harm our relationship with the US and likened the EU’s various intelligence bodies to the ‘leakiest ships of state’ and colanders riddled with holes.
This statement by Sir Richard Dearlove also gets ‘top billing’ at
Leaving the EU would improve Britain’s security, a former head of MI6 has suggested, as a series of serious intelligence blunders in the run-up to the attacks in Brussels emerged. Sir Richard Dearlove said that Britain’s borders could be strengthened in the event of a Brexit and extremists could be more easily deported, moves which he said were “security gains” with little apparent downside. His intervention, which contradicts claims from the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary that EU membership makes Britain safer, helped intensify the row over the security of Europe’s borders in the wake of the Brussels attacks.
Sir Richard Dearlove’s statement is also top of the news in
LEAVING the European Union would not hamper British spies and could potentially improve the UK’s security, a former head of MI6 has claimed. Sir Richard Dearlove, former Secret Intelligence Service chief said if Britain was to vote out on June 23 it could boost the UK’s defences. The former MI6 head also claimed that there were “vastly varying levels of professionalism in intelligence and security” across the EU’s 28 member states and even suggests some of them leak like “colanders”.
It can come as no surprise that ‘the usual suspects’, for example The Guardian or the Independent, didn’t find space on their top site for reporting this statement. After all, Sir Richard Dearlove is, ahem, old – and as former head of MI6, what does he know …
The following Comment is worth quoting at length:
Daily Mail Comment:
As the former head of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove knows as much as anyone alive about the practical details of intelligence work in the fight against terrorism. So when he comprehensively demolishes the security case for remaining in the EU, voters should surely take notice. Indeed, Sir Richard’s intervention, based on his years of experience as the real-life ‘M’, casts grave doubt on the scaremongering of those such as Theresa May, who claim Brexit would expose us to greater danger from jihadis. Far from harming us, he says, withdrawal would bring us two potentially important security gains – giving us greater control over our borders, while allowing us to pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights, which puts huge obstacles in the way of extraditing extremists. As for the European Arrest Warrant, cited by the Home Secretary as a reason for her support of Britain’s membership, he points out that it has been focused chiefly on conventional criminals, adding: ‘Few would notice its passing.’ […]
With the security case for membership so forensically undermined – and the economic arguments looking weaker by the day – isn’t the ‘remain’ camp fast running out of reasons why we should go on allowing unelected and unaccountable foreigners to dictate our laws?
But there’s something far more ‘arresting’ to report, something which is sinister in the extreme and serves as warning to us all, showing what will happen if we do not leave the EU. Sir Richard Dearlove pointed out that leaving would allow us to pull out of the EU Convention on Human Rights, which gives Ms May the power to arrest people for – tweeting!
You may have read about the man in Croydon who tweeted that he ‘confronted’ a Muslima to explain Brussels. Well, he’s now been arrested ‘on suspicion of inciting racial hatred’. That ‘offensive tweet’ was:
I confronted a Muslim woman yesterday in Croydon. I asked her to explain Brussels. She said ‘Nothing to do with me’. A mealy mouthed reply.”
And that, dear friends, is ‘hate speech’ …! Here are the reports;
And now for something completely different!
Cameron is apparently taking a leaf out of Madame Merkel’s book. She said last year that Christians should go to Church more often if they’re ‘frightened’ of muslim refugees. In the wake of Brussels, Cameron tops that with this advice:
“David Cameron has suggested Christian leaders should help their “brothers and sisters who are Muslim” fight against extremism in the wake of the Brussels terror attack. Speaking at an Easter reception at Downing Street, the prime minister referred to the “dark and difficult world we’re currently living in” and said he wanted to “fortify” people to defeat extremism.“This is the great fight that we have to join,” Cameron said in the comments, first reported by Bloomberg. “Our brothers and sisters who are Muslims, they want our assistance. We should be reaching out and wanting to help them battle against extremism. We have to build stronger and more resilient communities. We have to make sure that people who are drifting into an extremist mindset are yanked back.” He went on to repeat his assertion that Britain is a “Christian country” and said this was something that should not be a cause for embarrassment or interpreted as a sign of “doing down other faiths”.
Sadly, Cameron omits to tell us how Christians are supposed to do this – more church-going, as Madame Merkel said, perhaps?
And finally, as if to underline what Sir Richard Dearlove hinted at in regard to the EU Convention on Human Rights, in a nice illustration of what remaining in the EU will mean to us and indeed our government, there’s this:
Europe’s human rights commissioner has accused David Cameron and Theresa May of “scaling up alarmist rhetoric” on migration, portraying migrants as a “threat to UK society” and fuelling a xenophobic climate in Britain. The criticism from Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner, follows his visit to Britain in January. In his official report, the human rights commissioner condemns May, the home secretary, for her determination to “create a really hostile environment for illegal migration”, for criminalising irregular migrants and for failing to highlight the positive impact of immigration in Britain. In particular, the commissioner wants to see the government abandon its “monolithic target” to reduce net inward migration to below 100,000, describing it as unrealistic and unattainable; at the minimum impose a time limit on the use of detention for irregular migrants, and to put an immediate end to its “right to rent” law, which is depriving migrants and refugees of access to adequate housing.
‘Irregular migrants’ – the NewSpeak for criminal, illegal immigrants … Truly, the phrase ‘you couldn’t make it up’ sums up this ‘intervention’ by an EU Commissioner. That’s what is coming down the line if we don’t vote for BREXIT!