Monday, July 02, 2007

Jacqui Smith speaks from the EU's cribsheet

Today she spoke in Parliament about the Islamist attacks in London and Scotland,
'Terrorists are criminals'
'Let us be clear – terrorists are criminals, whose victims come from all walks of life, communities and religious backgrounds. Terrorists attack the values that are shared by all law-abiding citizens. As a government, as communities, as individuals we need to ensure that the message of the terrorists is rejected.
A while ago I commented upon the EU's Lexicon on talking about terrorist activities. This lexicon is not in the public domain, however we do know that it bans the use of certain words to describe attacks of this sort.
"Brussels officials have confirmed the existence of a classified handbook which offers "non-offensive" phrases to use when announcing anti-terrorist operations or dealing with terrorist attacks.
Banned terms are said to include "jihad", "Islamic" or "fundamentalist".

According to the Telegraph,
"Details on the contents of the lexicon remain secret, but British officials stressed that it is there as a helpful aid "providing context" for civil servants making speeches or giving press conferences.
"We are fully signed up to this, but it is not binding," said one".

It seems that the unknown civil servant was telling the truth, as was the new Home Secretary. However she is disembling the issue, and she is singing Brussels' tune.

Amusing aside, it seems that nothing has happened in her life for the last month if you take a look at her website

1 comment:


Yes, we must not offend the muslims, after all they are only trying to kill us.