Another day and yet another example of how the the media distorts coverage of matters EU, while UKIP continues to act as if the cat has got its tongue by offering no Eurosceptic view on the subject in question.
Robert Watts, writing in the Telegraph, gives that pro-EU paper’s take on the burden British businesses experience as a result of EU regulations. According to Watts, the details will be laid bare in a series of reports which will be published on Monday by the Foreign Secretary, Concrete Willy, beginning with a focus on how the EU affects UK taxation, health, overseas aid, foreign policy, animal welfare and food safety.
Watts goes on to tell readers that a further 26 reports will be published in coming months, ‘in a boost to the Eurosceptic wing of the Conservatives’. Having made his reference to Eurosceptics, Watts runs off to get a Eurosceptic quote from… yes you guessed it, the Tory stooge EUphile ‘think tank’ Open Europe which, as the Telegraph intended, prattles on about the non-existent fantasy renegotiation where the UK can supposedly secure more flexible membership terms from the EU.
Where the main Eurosceptic force, UKIP, is supposed to be leading by rebutting the bullshit coming out of the Tory delusion department, instead we get the Europlastics of pro-EU Open Europe taking a break from acting as official minder to Andrea Leadsom (wherever she speaks about EU matters, Open Europe are at her side keeping her on message) in order to blaze a trail for the Tory line, being the only supposed Eurosceptic voice that readers hear – and in the absence of any challenge, those readers assume what they hear to be accurate and well informed.
The problem is not only that UKIP isn’t establishing itself ‘go to’ organisation for Eurosceptic commentary in the mainstream media, it is that UKIP isn’t even talking about this issue on its own website. How can potential supporters take UKIP seriously when it is voluntarily absents itself from engaging on core issues concerning the negative aspects of EU membership, just as the subject gets serious media profile?
When it comes to boosting Nigel Farage’s personal profile, no column inches or photo opportunities are spared. But when discussion turns to subjects that are supposed to be at the heart of the very reason for UKIP’s being, the party goes AWOL. This isn’t a one off, this is part of a consistent pattern. The only logical explanation is that Farage deliberately refuses to engage on these topics because he doesn’t understand them himself. He determination to not do detail means he doesn’t have anything of value to add and he is scared of being bested in an argument as a result.
This is just the latest in a long line of examples of both the public and the UKIP membership being ill served, by the press and the UKIP leader respectively. In such circumstances how can we Eurosceptics possibly hope to win any prospective EU in-out referendum? The media is ‘in the tank’ for the EUphiles and the sole Eurosceptic political party is asleep at the wheel as its leader plays ‘look at me’. The media is serving its own interests and Farage relies upon his cult to lash out at any criticism of his ineptitude. With this seemingly unresolvable issue, we can be excused for asking ourselves why we bother.