The ‘Next’ up on the conveyor belt of ‘business experts’ to offer their prestigious insight in the pages of the media claque is Baron Wolfson of Aspley Guise.
The former Simon Wolfson, this man is Chief Executive of Next, a Conservative Life Peer since 2010 and was a financial backer to David Cameron’s leadership campaign in 2005 – exactly the sort of man the Telegraph would run to for comment.
But despite an expensive education and even more expensive remuneration package, Wolfson demonstrates a frightening lack of knowledge about a subject that has enormous impact on the business he runs. He joins a long line of establishment and business figures who unwittingly or deliberately conflate EU membership with being part of the single market, despite them being separate as shown by . But his comment goes unchallenged as the media refuses to do anything that will remind viewers and readers of the reality of the European project, because the media supports the project.
Anyone who has taken even a rudimentary look at the history of the European movement will know Britain joined the EEC, and remained an enthusiastic member its all its subsequent guises, knowing the destination was political union. While voters were lied to and spun a tale of only joining a common market, reams of evidence in the years that have followed have been presented to show the political class and civil service knew, approved of and actively pursued full British integration into political union. Britain exactly signed up to the inexorable march to a federal Europe.
For Wolfson to state otherwise proves one of two things:
- He is a badly informed and poorly read individual whose lack of knowledge should require him to stay quiet, or
- He knows the reality and is just another Tory Wet stooge knowingly repeating a lie for partisan political ends
Either way, his intervention in the debate adds no value and leaves him looking stupid.
But there is a wider issue here. The media is being flooded with these inaccurate and misleading editorials and op-eds, part of an effort to rewrite history and make ordinary people accept the distorted record as fact. While comment threads online are loaded with rebuttal and corrections, that is not a feature of the dead-tree press bought from news stands. An evidence-based campaign will be needed soon to correct the record in local and national media so people can see how the establishment has lied to them, again.