Now this is just plain weird.
A new European directive will make it mandatory for EU citizens and visitors to receive official alerts directly to their mobile phones during large emergencies.
Mandatory to receive messages? I can be arrested for not checking my phone for texts? Can I be arrested if my battery runs down or I forget to switch the yoke on?
This is bananas gone mad.
Will I be obliged by law to register my phone number with them? They can stick that one up their arse for starters.
I am assuming that the system somehow sends an alert from a particular tower [or towers] to all mobiles within range, but even that doesn’t guarantee that I [or anyone else] will receive them. Reception around here is quirky at best yet it will be mandatory for me to receive them whether or not I can even get a signal?
Now our Glorious Leaders love emergencies. A bit of a wind or a flurry of snowflakes has them frantically running in circles, calling press conferences and telling us in breathless voices that we are in imminent danger of Armageddon. I presume then we will get a stream of these fucking texts telling us to do the obvious. “It’s raining. Stay indoors!” or “It’s snowing. Stay indoors and keep warm!“
I’ll just switch off my phone.