Sure, if you watch a movie by yourself, you may end up paying a bit more than if you go to the cinema. On the other hand, you save some twenty minutes of your life every time you put a DVD in the player – and you can easily avoid the annoying endless copyright messages and (these days also trailers) on DVDs by putting in the disc some ten minutes in advance while watching the TV.
But basically, there is a problem with the entertainment industry. It not only wants our money, it also wants to survey and control our lives completely.
Following Søren Pind, the Liberal Party’s failed candidate for mayor of Copenhagen and now foreign policy spokesman and all-round noisemaker, can often be quite entertaining. But let me answer Pind’s latest question – “When did we ever vote on EC competences in immigration policy?” – and provocation – “Let’s just ignore the European Court of Justice!”.
Well, first of all I’ve taught European politics for a number of years and my first and most important piece of information when it comes to the ECJ is:
If there is any room for interpretation, the ECJ will decide in support for further integration under EC regulations.
So the lawyers in the Justice and Immigration Ministries really ought to have known about this, or else legal education in Denmark is a few decades behind the developments.
And the answer to Pind’s question wil be: October 1972.
Turning political questions into legal decisions may not always be a good idea, but the competences of the ECJ and the general line of its decisions are not exactly a secret. Courts are not pro-active so it takes a complaint before issues such as these hit the
fan public agenda. And we will no doubt be seeing the government put quite a lot of effort into trying to salvage the Danish regulations during August and September.