Thus writes Peter Hitchens, who goes on to say:
Akulic, who, like you and me (though I'd much rather not be), is a citizen of the European Union, drifted unhindered into the Euro-region formerly known as Great Britain in 2010. Nobody cared that he had spent much of his adult life in prison for violence, or that he had once raped a seven-year-old girl.This is rather like the ship surveyor who doesn't realise that the EU is now in charge of ship safety – as appears to be the case from the comments on the Booker column.
As Lady Justice Hallett (of course) reduced his prison sentence on appeal last week, she asked in some astonishment: "Do we let in just anyone?" The answer, of course, is: "Yes, Judge".
Her spluttering amazement came after Akulic's lawyer explained that the Lithuanian rapist was an EU citizen, and so has as much right to be here as you and I – a simple point I have been trying to get across for years.
We have here a whole generation of middle to upper class people living in denial, be they journalists, politicians, ship surveyors or judges – people who wilfully close their eyes to the steady encroachment of the EU on our lives.
Quite why this is the case is difficult to work out, but it is a very real and serious phenomenon. It is as if these people cannot cope with the idea that we are no longer an independent nation and are ruled by aliens – some of them British.
Hitchens is right, therefore, to call for the judge to wake up. But we need the whole nation to wake up. Pretending the EU takeover isn't happening won't make it go away.