It always amuses me, when the English are caught up in their island mentality even more, then we are. Perfect example, Phillipa’s last comment here. Phillipa writes:
The EU never did illiminate passports and since 9/11 we all have to suffer indignation and frustration due to a few crazy people.
Let me answer this quickly.
Since the Lisbon treaty, traveling freely within the EU is a human as well as constitutional right. I know, you Brits never managed to give yourself a constitution. Thus, the concept might be somewhat of an intellectual challenge for some.
So, what has the EU accomplished? Within the Schengen area
you travel without any border controls. Do you see the two countries not getting it? They’re somewhat on the left. Otherwise, you can travel from the most Northern city, Hammerfest in Norway, all the way to Sicily, Glyn’s favorite, without showing a passport. Actually, you will have a hard time even noticing, when going from one country into another. And the same is true, when traveling from Portugal in the West all the way to the Baltic states in the East. You can travel thousands of miles without being bothered.
And Philippa goes on:
Still there is a lot more to do in keeping out those we don’t want here and needs to start now.
Like to all nutters in the US complaining about immigration I say: Make up your friggin’ mind.
You want to take advantage of people, who were raised and educated elsewhere. You want to take advantage of their knowledge, ambition and work. Like the UK at the moment, advertising that you need (!) to hire 40,000 to 60,000 nurses. And at the same time you want to tell foreigners to get out of your not-so-beautiful country?
One has to be a first class moron, to not suffer from the cognitive dissonance.