More Daily Mail EU posturing

This is one of the headlines in today’s online edition of the Daily Mail. The article comes complete with boilerplate comment from Nigel Farage, the standard mention of Tony Blair giving up part of the UK’s budget rebate won by Margaret Thatcher and the usual reference to Eurosceptics’ hand supposedly being strengthened.

But what is the point?

What many Mail readers, and others, do not realise is that after October’s failed effort in the House of Commons to secure a Bill presenting the British people with a referendum on EU membership, the Mail published an editorial – ‘The country has had enough of deception. It’s time to close the yawning gap between the ruling and the ruled.’  Anyone who wants the UK to withdraw from the EU and thinks the Daily Mail is on their side should read this comment:

Let the Mail lay all its cards on the table. This paper has no desire for Britain to pull out of Europe — and particularly not at a time like this, when withdrawal would add immeasurably to the uncertainties threatening our recovery and rocking the confidence of the markets.

Remember that.  The Mail pumps out column inches bemoaning the EU, its cost, its power, all appealing to those who want us to leave.  Yet the Daily Mail is Europhile.  Like nearly all the media members of the establishment it is with the EUstices and Heaton-Harris’ of this world, who want to stay firmly in the EU and who believe in the renegotiation fairy at the bottom of the garden.

When you understand the Mail’s editorial position you start to understand their anti EU tirades are all piss and wind designed to humour readers whose views they do not even support.

7 Responses to “More Daily Mail EU posturing”

  1. 1 kenomeat 24/11/2011 at 10:20 am

    At least the Express is unequivocal in it’s position on the EU and should be thus applauded.

  2. 2 thespecialone 24/11/2011 at 1:59 pm

    I remember reading that and it really did hammer home why I refuse to buy the paper any more (I have not bought it for about 2 years now). The paper is currently also starting to be in “vote for Obama because the opposition is worse” mode. For a supposedly “right wing” newspaper, they talk a lot of “left wing” crap.

  3. 3 right_writes 24/11/2011 at 2:48 pm

    There almost isn’t a day goes by when, UKIP or (more usually) Nigel Farage gets a mention or a quote in one of the national papers or somewhere in the media… Which is a big change, and the more the merrier as far as I am concerned.

    Whilst I certainly wouldn’t like to draw comparisons between Farage and Hitler, it is interesting to note that in the 1930’s the Weimar used him to advance the fortunes of Germany in the belief that they could “control” him, which of course history demonstrates, they couldn’t.

    I always liked this scene from Cabaret:

  4. 4 jameshigham 24/11/2011 at 5:25 pm

    I shall remember that and had no idea the Mail had written that.

  5. 5 24/11/2011 at 8:27 pm

    Don’t miss this debate next week.

    “The Climate Change Act Reconsidered”
    1pm-4pm Wednesday 30 November 2011
    House of Commons, Committee Room 14
    London SW1A 0AA

    Come via main – St Stephens (Cromwell Green) entrance
    Ask for Sammy Wilson’s (DUP MP) Meeting
    Please allow 30 minutes for security

    RSVP Eventbrite ticket required
    See here:

    Chairperson: Dr Philip Stott, Emeritus Professor of Biogeography at SOAS the University of London, and was Editor-in Chief of the International Journal of Biogeography.

    Ruth Lea, former Economic Adviser and Director of Arbuthnot Banking Group and Director of Global Vision. She was a Governor of the London School of Economics. Ruth will speak on the impact of the Climate Change Act (including the Renewables Directive) on energy prices, manufacturing and business.

    Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist (winner of the Hayek prize), will speak on the potential for shale gas.

    Prof Ian Plimer is Australia‘s best-known geologist and author of Heaven and Earth, Global warming: the missing science and How to get expelled from School: a guide to climate change for pupils parents and punters.

    Donna Laframboise, journalist and author of The Delinquent Teenager who was mistaken for the world‘s top climate expert – an in depth investigation into the IPCC.

    See Donna here:

    “The Climate Change Act Reconsidered” is of great relevance today in light of scientific scandals and the public’s loss of trust in costly green climate and energy policies.

    The Climate Change Act is having huge social and economic consequences, which MPs can no longer ignore. The EU’s and UK’s climate and energy policies are too expensive, too ambitious, too complex – and ineffective. The government’s blind faith in drastically reducing CO2 emissions and liberalising energy markets will profit only a select group of companies and officials at the expense of everyone else. MPs would do well to rethink these policies – before the public rises up in anger.

    I look forward to meeting you there.

  6. 6 suedenimon 25/11/2011 at 2:51 pm

    The Mail always has been two faced and untrustworthy, it is also a day behind the Express in many of its stories though that is not a statement meant to recommend the Express.
    While there is no alternative to the MSM ‘party’ line then we will have to support the Express, it may be worth buying 10 copies a day every three weeks or so whilst flooding the letters pages with letters vociferously calling for our withdrawal from the EU coinciding with the extra sales…they might get the message that it would be better to run more anti EU articles with greater exposure and less ‘dancing wi owd hoors’ and X fuckwits’.
    Really the press must be profit driven and such a tactic may well ‘inspire’ them to stand up properly and be a ‘decent’ press once again!

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