Regardless of the language being spoken, there is one word in particular where the clarity is unequivocal, the meaning is absolute. That word in English is no.
So when President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, was asked by a journalist to comment on whether David Cameron was going to be able to repatriate any powers from Brussels, and brushed him off with a contemptuous laugh; but was followed by his Chief of Staff, Johannes Laitenberger, who responded with a firm ‘no’, the conclusion we can draw is very simple.
As Richard has already made clear, Cameron thinks he is setting the pace on cutting EU bureaucracy. But he is two weeks behind the curve as the European Commission had already announced its REFIT initiative which at least claims to be seeking to do just that.
And now Cameron thinks he is making the weather on the subject of repatriation of powers, despite the very notion running completely contrary to the principle of ever closer union. Yet here we have Barroso chortling away at the idea of the UK getting cherry-picked powers back from the EU, while his Chief of Staff – who as an experienced communications professional knows about how to deal with the media in surefooted fashion – slams the lid on the idea with a clear ‘no’ in response to the question.
This shows there is a clear disconnect between Cameron’s self aggrandising perceptions and reality. Too much time spent in the Westminster bubble seems to have exacerbated Cameron’s capacity for delusion. Nevertheless, those sections of the media that worship at the altar of prestige eat it up. They can’t get enough of it. And so the public continues to be deceived and the interests of the establishment are maintained.