20 Dec 2015

American lapdog

*The term lapdog is also used to describe a submissive person, such as a "yes" man, or an institution that can be very easily controlled.
Gun-toting US border guards with the power to search holidaymakers will be stationed at British airports for the first time, under controversial plans being discussed by Washington and London.
The US Department of Homeland Security wants to introduce the scheme at airports worldwide, including Heathrow and Manchester, to reduce the risk of Islamic State terrorists flying to America.
Guards from Customs and Border Protection would carry out immigration and customs checks before passengers board.
They would be given diplomatic immunity so they could not be prosecuted for any crime committed on British soil. 

When I read news articles like the above, I always think that the term lapdog more than adequately describes the relationship between America and the United Kingdom. Tony Blair was aptly described as the poodle of George W Bush. It seems nothing has changed.

In law, students are taught about the sovereignty of a country and its government; the sovereignty of a country to make and enforce its own laws; the sovereignty of its own independence… In the case of the United Kingdom, all this seems to have been turned on its head. 

The part that gives me the greatest pause however is the idea of giving diplomatic immunity to foreigners, especially trigger happy Americans, for what may amount to crimes committed on foreign soil. Not only does it take away the sovereignty of the United Kingdom, it also does the greatest disservice to British nationals by taking away any rights to justice they may have for losing loved ones in shooting incidents. 

Seems to be that along with the typical American arrogance and stupidity, we now have English cowardice and stupidity.