Daily Mail | Feb 8, 2007
More than six million Eastern Europeans have travelled to Britain since since the EU’s borders were thrown open to them, new figures have shown.
The figure is ten times higher than official estimates of the numbers of Poles and migrants from neighbouring countries who are thought to have settled here in the past three years.
It suggests the real number of migrants from Eastern Europe who have stayed to live and work in Britain could be much higher than the 600,000 estimate that has been acknowledged by ministers.
Last year alone nearly 2.8 million visitors arrived from the eight countries that joined Europe in 2004, the figures showed.
The fast-rising level of travel to Britain is the latest indicator of the growing scale of Eastern European migration. There were more than four times as many visitors from Eastern Europe last year than in 2003, the year before labour markets were thrown open to workers from the East.
Media Matters | Feb 9, 2007
“I think the country wants a boss like that, you know? A little bit of fascism there. Just a little bit. Just a pinch of it.”
On the February 7 edition of MSNBC’s Imus in the Morning, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews heaped praise on GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, calling the former New York mayor “the kind of gutsy, street-corner politician we all grew up with” who “stood on the corner during the fire and told us what was going on.” Matthews said that he would like “[a] guy who wasn’t on the ranch during Katrina — who was out on the street corner answering questions,” adding: “I’m so sick of southern guys with ranches running this country. I want a guy to run for president who doesn’t have a fucking — I’m sorry — a ranch. Wouldn’t that be good?”
Matthews again touted the progress Giuliani made in improving olfactory conditions in New York City, asserting that “subways didn’t smell like pee anymore” and that “[e]ven the phone booths in New York have always smelled like pee.” Matthews made similar claims on the February 5 editions of MSNBC Live and Hardball, both noted by Media Matters for America. Matthews also claimed that Giuliani “made you feel like you had a right to walk the street safely” and added, “I think the country wants a boss like that, you know? A little bit of fascism there. Just a little bit. Just a pinch of it.”
As Media Matters has noted, Matthews has previously made the similar claim that Giuliani “is a front-runner because the voters like this guy because during 9-11 he was the one guy there on the street corner, not hiding like all the other pols did.”
The Sun | Feb 8, 2007
BRUSSELS will today launch a controversial power grab — by pushing for a series of EU-wide “green crimes”.
It wants jail terms and hefty fines for offences from PICKING WILD FLOWERS to pollution and illegally dumping waste.
But critics say the move is a clear attempt by the European Commission to trample over national sovereignty.
EU countries have had the historic right to decide what constitutes a crime and how it should be punished.
But Brussels has seized on a European Court decision in 2005 which ruled that environmental matters should be dealt with at EU level.
Neil O’Brien, of campaign group Open Europe, said support for the plan would be a “watershed in EU politics”.
And Tory MEP Timothy Kirkhope called it an “alarming precedent”.
He added: “This is a significant transfer of power to the Commission. It’s a worrying erosion of British sovereignty — a blow to Britain’s ability to decide things for ourselves.”