Monday, April 19, 2010


A vacation paid for by the state is a human right? This is truly the nanny state gone wild.
My euroscepticism is reinforced! I would have said this is an April Fool's joke, but it is April 19.

The European Union has declared travelling a human right, and is launching a scheme to subsidize vacations with taxpayers' dollars for those too poor to afford their own trips.

Antonio Tajani, the European Union commissioner for enterprise and industry, proposed a strategy that could cost European taxpayers hundreds of millions of euros a year, The Times of London reports.

"Travelling for tourism today is a right. The way we spend our holidays is a formidable indicator of our quality of life," Mr. Tajani told a group of ministers at The European Tourism Stakeholders Conference in Madrid on April 15. Mr. Tajani was appointed to his post by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Update: More from Tasha


Shawn Abigail said...

Central to the European / secularist / socialist worldview is the idea that you can legislate your way to the good life. They believe that if only the right laws can be enacted, we can create a paradise on earth. Such societal forces as business and religion are seen as subordinate to the State (i.e. the power, wisdom and control of the State is the most important factor).

Some of this is understandable, given the wars that bled Europe white. The average person decided that personal security is more important than personal liberty, in all circumstances. It is also understandable given the retreat of religion from the public square throughout Europe. But just because it is understandable doesn't mean it is correct.

Anonymous said...

The Euroweenies are badly educated. Given their deplorable history during most of the last century ( the fascist Franco didn’t die until 1984) they really do not understand liberty. Their post religious phase is like Quebec, they dropped the paternalism of the Church for the religion of statist nanny care.

They wrongly blamed nationalism for all their wars. The real cause was fascism. There’s nothing wrong with sovereignty. Smaller more local governments are the solution not a bunch of EU elitists in remote Brussels seeking rent from the peasants in 27 very different countries in the EU.

The Euroweenies could not have gotten it more wrong…again!


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