EU army to conscript Brits aged between 18 and 25 — the story in full

Social media has been reporting that the EU is making plans to conscript all European males between the ages of 18 and 25 into their new EU army. 

This news may have benefitted the UK’s Leave campaign by driving people into their camp. 

And quite right, too. An undemocratic unelected super government stealing our children for their crypto-fascist military is European evil at its height. 

Or would be if the story were true. But it’s a complete lie. 

The EU has no plans to conscript anyone. 

The EU can’t even conscript anyone because only a government can do that, and the EU is not a government, it’s a trade bloc. 

The individual member countries determine their own defence policies and control their own armed forces. None have plans to conscript people into an EU army.

There isn’t even an EU army, nor will there be one. That’s more propaganda from the right wing and Leave campaigners.

The EU member states have policies of military cooperation. This makes sense because they are neighbours with common interests sandwiched between two unreliable super powers, Russia and the US. But cooperation is a far cry from an EU army.

Cooperation happens all the time.

Most of the EU countries are already cooperating as members of Nato. No one has suggested that Nato is a supra-national army nor that it might conscript troops from member states. Is that because the conscription stories have been generated to raise hostility to the EU? 

The claims of EU conscription are usually accompanied by a photo of soldiers in full battle order marching against a backdrop of an EU flag. 

The soldiers in the photo are not even from any European army. They are American and wear the insignia of the 101st Airborne Division. In some versions of the photos, the airborne insignia has been photoshopped out and replaced with an EU flag. 

For those people still worried that Britain might yet be compelled to commit its youth to a foreign army, the UK successfully opted out of the ERM, the Euro and the Shengen agreement, and so would be able to opt out of an EU army. Not that there will be one. 

The Cannibal is confident that not even the twisted brains that have spread the conscription story believe it. It’s another part of project fear to get you bothered into supporting Leave.  

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EU conscription meme as it popped up on Facebook.
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Another version prior to the Brexit referendum, explicitly planting an untrue idea in the heads of voters.
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The insignia of the 101st Airborne is clearly visible.
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This image has been doctored to replace the insignia of the 101st Airborne with an EU flag.

There is no good Brexit – Labour needs to restart the Remain fight…

There is no good Brexit – Labour needs to restart the Remain fight

Brexit – An argument between two wings of Tory Toffs, settled in a referendum dominated by xenophobia.

 

Calling a spade a cupcake — media spinning the terrorist murder of a woman into thin air

So. The man who murdered Jo Cox was not a terrorist but a ‘crazed lone wolf’, was he?

This is the line that the mainstream media is spinning with some energy. The man followed two fascist organisations, read their literature, learned about guns from them, shouted the name of one of these groups during the attack, and murdered a woman whose politics were diametrically opposed to his right in the middle of the most fractious political confrontation since the 1930s.

Not enough politics?

The mainstream press, i.e., the conservative media, is going out of its way to paint this as a random act of lunacy and they are doing that because this guy’s politics are ultimately aligned with theirs. Objectively, his history of mental issues amounts to depression, not homicidal psychopathy.

Let’s call this act what it really is: terrorism.

Peace and rationality to everyone.

Brexiteers in need of some sex education

Seems that Britain’s campaign to leave the EU has gone to delightfully witty (and presumably short) lengths to get their message across.

Brexiteers have begun distributing condoms printed with the messages: ‘Vote leave: It’s riskier to stay in’, and ‘Vote Leave: it’s riskier to stay in.’

They don’t seem to realise that the point of condoms is you don’t have to pull out.

Now, who’s going to tell them?

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