These days one never can tell how much of what is published in a newspaper comprises the complete original thoughts of the columnist. In the last few weeks I have seen the original drafts of a renowned Telegraph columnist and a Daily Express columnist, and on both occasions the published piece has been edited down to remove some of the most salient elements of the respective pieces.
So when reading the Peter Hitchens column in the Mail online today I cannot be sure that everything ‘Hitch’ wrote was published. Nevertheless, what is attributed to him suggests he too has been taken in by the Europlastics. Consider this passage and in particular the sentence directly above the photograph, the footnote beneath it and the last sentence shown in the image:
How is it that someone like Peter Hitchens, who is supposed to be a genuine Eurosceptic, can sit at his keyboard and write something this misleading? How can the likes of Bill Cash be described as a man of principle when the European Scrutiny Committee, which he chairs, waved through the EU’s Integrated Maritime Policy which will remove British control over our own waters?
How also can Hitchens allow people to take the impression that all the 79 Tory MPs who voted in favour of a Bill to hold a referendum are actually Eurosceptic? How could any Eurosceptic Tory vote in favour of establishing the European External Action Service (EU’s version of the Foreign Office)? Based on what Hitchens is saying then surely around 79 Tories will have voted against the EEAS measure. How many actually did? See for yourself.
It seems even those who profess to stand outside the bubble still manage to sow the official misinformation that positions Tory MPs who wish to remain firmly inside the EU as sceptics. One cannot be Eurosceptic and vote for increased integration, something that someone like Hitchens should know all to well but fails to make clear to his readers.