… If I was a UK Taxpayer, I could be happy that our Government treats security seriously. …
Smiles is just trying to wind me up. In case he is not, and since he favors old school, here is an appropriate response.
“Dear Smiles, until next class you will write down a 100 times:
I shall never again repeat meaningless government propaganda phrases. Instead I shall use my brain and think.
For further reading I recommend the Charter of Fundamental Rights, as agreed in the Lisbon Treaty. Yes, I know, the British government demanded a protocol to be excluded from the jurisdiction of the EU High Court. But the legal scholars agree, it is void. So, either leave the EU, or live with it.”
Now that we dealt with Smiles, on to a slightly more amusing issue, the name “Border Force”.
This just shows how ignorant British government officials are. As always, their language reveals the true intention. Clearly, they want to think of themselves as an army. But the always brilliant Online Etymology explains “force”:
c.1300, “physical strength,” from Old French force (12c.) “force, strength, courage, fortitude; violence, power, compulsion,” from Vulgar Latin *fortia (source also of Spanish fuerza, Italian forza), noun use of neuter plural of Latin fortis “strong” (see fort). Meaning “body of armed men, army” first recorded late 14c. (also in Old French). Physics sense is from 1660s; force field attested by 1920.
c.1300, from Old French forcier “conquer by violence,” from force (see force (n.)). Its earliest sense in English was “to ravish” (a woman); sense of “to compel, oblige” to do something is from c.1400. Related: Forced; forcing.
There is neither strength nor courage in those people. They don’t even dare identifying themselves. What wimps. They don’t have any power either. If they want power, they need to call the police. They are just wannabes.
What matches “Border Force” is the verb ravishing, as in rape. That gets close to what these people try to do. And they even label themselves that way. That’s what we call first class morons.
Closing with one of Glynsky’s favorite lines: “You get the government you deserve.”
Well done, Brits!