Saturday, January 26, 2008

A response from Marie Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou MEP

Cranmer has received an unsolicited email (is this evidence that His Grace is being 'monitored'?) from Marie Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou MEP, who was responsible for drafting the EU report entitled "towards an EU Strategy on the rights of the child". Since she thanks His Grace in advance for his ‘diligence and understanding’, and since His Grace prides himself highly in standards of intelligence and erudition manifest upon his august blog, he is delighted to post this communication in its entirety in order that Ms Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou may speak for herself:

Dear Members of Cranmer's blogspot,

I would like to draw your attention on some inaccurate information that is mentioned in your article " The EU challenges faith-based education" which was published on your website on the 16th of January 2008.

First of all regarding the EU report entitled "towards an EU Strategy on the rights of the child" which your article is mentioning, I would like to highlight that I was draftswoman on behalf of the Women's Rights Committee of the European Parliament but not draftswoman for the main report which was the responsibility of the Civil Liberties Committee where the rapporteur was Mrs Roberta Angelilli.

Secondly, you refer to paragraph 127 of the report which recommends the banning of headscarves and hijabs for girls at least in primary school. This paragraph was indeed included in the draft version of the report (which you seem to have received) and originates from members of another political group of the Parliament and certainly not from me. I actually fully share the views that you have expressed on your website regarding this paragraph and its consequences.

I would however like to point out that in the plenary vote of the report that took place last week in the European Parliament in Strasbourg (16 January) this paragraph was rejected by a large majority of Parliamentarians and is therefore not mentioned anymore in the final text. For your information, I am attaching the report as adopted in plenary.

I would very much appreciate if you could bring the necessary changes to your article in order to avoid the spreading of inaccurate information.

I would like to thank you in advance for your diligence and understanding,

Best regards,

Marie Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou
Member of the European Parliament
ASP 8E 217- Rue Wiertz-B-1047-Bruxelles
Tél: (+32) 22847447-Fax (+32) 22849447


Cranmer would like to point out that while Ms Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou is concerned to emphasise that the paragraph attributed to her which so tested His Grace’s readers and communicants ‘originates from members of another political group of the Parliament’, both the individuals and the group remain unidentified.

Cranmer was going to work out the Greek for ‘passing the buck’, but blogger seems unable to cope with the font, and His Grace is rather too busy today with weddings and funerals.

But the final version of the document which was adopted by the 'EU Parliament' includes a section on 'Children and democracy', and Cranmer couldn't help noticing that the EU:

188. Stresses that the position of children in non-democratic States is very precarious and calls on the Commission to give consideration to this group of people;

189. Calls on the Commission to look into the issue of raising the political awareness of children and young people in third countries where democracy is restricted, so that they can develop into politically aware citizens;

190. Calls on the Commission to stress the importance of young people being able to voice their opinions on a voluntary basis through (political) youth organisations;


Since the EU is itself not merely undemocratic but fundamentally anti-democratic, are they calling for children to be educated about this fact?

So if whatever Euro-authority is monitoring Cranmer's august blog would care to forward that enquiry to some unsuspecting Euro-official, His Grace would be appreciative of the enlightenment.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

cant remember voting for any of this! maybe i need my "awareness raised" ?
When are we leaving this cartel of elites that is the EU?

26 January 2008 at 10:51  
Anonymous mary tudor said...

cranmer said...

Cranmer was going to work out the Greek for ‘passing the buck’, but blogger seems unable to cope with the font

baptismal?

26 January 2008 at 12:51  
Blogger Unsworth said...

Your Grace,

I was not aware that there are 'members' of this blog. Is this membership something which may be awarded for long service and good conduct? What are the terms? Can this elevated position - like so many secular positions - be purchased?

But this lady is somewhat disingenuous. As you indicate, she should at least have identified her sources, acting, as she was, as a scribe on behalf of several. Perhaps these slightly esoteric standards are not held in such esteem in Greece. A loss then, to Greece, which was apparently 'the cradle of civilisation'.

26 January 2008 at 13:12  
Anonymous hear o israel said...

this aspect of the childrens eu policy which mr milliband said had support from the nspcc , is potentially very difficult , are led to believe that if a child does not like his parents forcing him/her to eat sprouts , that him/her could contact the police and ask for his/her rights to be put before that of the parents .

it could enable the childish whims of the undeveloped mind to wreek havoc in the home , as well as empowering the state to intervene in matters which it opposes such as faith schools .

i know the nhs once stood for "from cradle to grave health care" are we to assume that what a child should think from cradle to grave is also on the horizon ?? and with it what parent should think also .

there are freedoms of common sense that seem to be withing the realm of these people , and with it our freedoms that we should rightly pass to our offspring.

are we or are not free to bring up a child in the language and tradition of our own country without goverment interference !!

the nspcc and the council of bishops are a very weak leg to prop up such a bad treaty as the lisbon one.

26 January 2008 at 13:38  
Anonymous nedsherry said...

190. Calls on the Commission to stress the importance of young people being able to voice their opinions on a voluntary basis through (political) youth organisations;

What shall we call them? The Young Pioneers? Youthful Defenders of the Glorious European Peoples' Democracy?

Since the EU is itself fundamentally undemocratic and anti-democratic, are they calling for children to be educated about this fact?

His Grace had better watch it. He is obviously being monitored and will have to atone for his heterodoxy one day. Like nanny, the EU knows what's best and one should never suggest otherwise.

If His Grace wishes to appease a little of the EU's wrath, He should celebrate the most important festival in the EU's religious calendar with suitable prominence tomorrow. "We are all guilty!" All we goyim, anyway.

26 January 2008 at 14:52  
Anonymous violet elizabeth tudor said...

cranmer said...

Since the EU is itself fundamentally undemocratic and anti-democratic, are they calling for children to be educated about this fact?

A question: why is it then that whenever any measure is proposed to democratise the EU the europhobes scream and scream until they are sick? They can, you know..

26 January 2008 at 16:11  
Anonymous williamcan said...

"why is it then that whenever any measure is proposed to democratise the EU the europhobes scream and scream until they are sick?"

You'll have to help us out, Violet, what measures have been proposed to democratise the EU?

26 January 2008 at 23:33  
Blogger John M Ward said...

I shouldn't worry overmuch, Your Grace, if these bogged-down bureaucrats are still reading your august 'blog. I am now on your January 2008 'blog articles, so am nearly half a year in advance of their turgid (lack of) progress...

26 January 2008 at 23:53  
Blogger Elaib Harvey said...

The good MEP is correct in that the final version expunged the words that you (and i reffered to) but only after you had posted. Thus your post could be seen as effective lobbying, and went some way to draw attentuion to the unpleasant Paragraph.

However this is is even better in itts way,

190. Calls on the Commission to stress the importance of young people being able to voice their opinions on a voluntary basis through (political) youth organisations;

This is a broadening of the EU's strategy by which they order 'structured' civil society. Please note that children should be encouraged to voice their political opinions, but not as individuals but carefully edited through organised political youth associations. These organistaions will be, if they are not already heavily funded by the EU and will have rules governing what opinions can, and cannot be expressed for fear of losing that funding.

28 January 2008 at 16:17  
Anonymous El Presidente Blair said...

Definitely the face of someone who knows what's good for us.

Whether we like it or not.

'Blair Youth Party' anyone?

28 January 2008 at 18:27  
Anonymous British Patriot said...

Your grace is Obviously being Monitored and, given that the EU is a Police State Gulag staffed by Stasi Women you should count your lucky stars you are Long dead.

As for the EU Caring for children, I have severe reservations.

http://nationalistblog.blogspot.com/2007/08/germany-and-eu-to-legalise-paedophilia.html
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3395321338401208062

1 February 2008 at 04:19  

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