"You will be happy or you will suffer the consequences."
Tomorrow is Europe day. Celebrate! Cheer! Dance in the streets! Be joyous!. Because if you don't, the EU will impose fines and will continue to impose them until you cheer up.
Luikkerland has found the elusive little story and advises that we let it happen. Let the proles see what they have allowed to happen. Let them question their town halls and council buildings about the mysterious blue flag that now flies above them.
I can see the logic in that. Try to engage anyone in conversation about the EU and they aren't interested. It's Europe, it's nothing to do with them. Some older ones have vague memories of a common market but otherwise, the whole thing has passed many people by. There has been no vote on the treaties, so there has been little discussion in the news. For many, it's just something in Brussels that doesn't really have much effect on their daily lives. There are grumbles about new laws and stupid rules but few really bother to trace their source further than their own line managers.
When this foreign flag appears over every official building in the land, then the face of the invader becomes clear. No more Union Flag, Saltire or Dragon at the top of the pole. There, for all to see, is the dominant force in the country. The EU flag trumps all national identity.
Maybe that's why No. 10 and some other departments will be avoiding this blatant display of EU supremacy. Maybe they've realised what a wake-up call it could be.
What caught my interest in Luikkerland's article was this -
EUROCRATS were last night facing a revolt over a bid to force Britain to celebrate “Europe Day” next week.
Scores of public buildings are being ordered to fly the European Union flag to mark the occasion.
Officials will be expected to ensure it remains hoisted for a week from Monday. And those that disobey could be fined.
Incredibly, they are even expected to take a photo of the flag and email it to the European Commission to ensure the rules are being observed.
Forced to celebrate. Be joyous or pay a fine. Take a photo of your flag to prove you are enjoying yourself as directed. What kind of twisted mind could have come up with that?
It puts the Cameroid's 'happiness index' into perspective, doesn't it?
"You. You there. Are you happy?"
"No, not really."
"He confesses! From his own lips he damns himself! Officer, take him away and torture him until he chuckles."
Many years ago, Monty Python ran a sketch about a fairytale happy kingdom where everyone was happy all the time, because anyone who wasn't had been put to death.
It was funny at the time...