While it is accepted that the writers of opinion editorials (op-eds) do not choose the headline under which their piece is published, there is a certain, there is nevertheless a sense that they and the media are all in it together. The this for instance:
What we have here is Mats Persson spouting more rubbish into the EU debate and his Tory-front organisation doing the exact opposite of what the headline tells Telegraph readers.
One can forgive the Telegraph its confusion, after all, Persson refers to Europhiles in the third person despite the Open Europe position being in favour of UK membership of the EU. Open Europe is continuing along its fantasy path of EU reform, where the reform required necessitates the EU to tear up its founding principles and its raison d’etre. It is not so much a call for reform as a call for re-creating the EU as something wholly new – a free trade area instead of a single political entity.
The problem and what has held things back, according to Persson, is that the conversation about the EU is confined to the Westminster bubble. The Telegraph sub editor has widened this to include the Brussels bubble too in the headline. But one can only draw such a conclusion if they are part of that bubble, because there is a debate taking place across the country – only the pro-EU media ignores what is happening outside the all important Political bubble.
Open Europe’s solution to the Westminster echo chamber is taking the conversation beyond Westminster. So what are they doing? Going out to the real world to talk to ordinary people and small businesses whose views and opinions are discounted? Of course not. That might result in reality making an appearance.
No, they are creating a new carefully selected subset of the Political bubble in which likeminded souls who believe in fantasies such as the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny and EU Reform, can all reinforce each other’s ignorance and come up with unworkable and impossible proposals and solutions that ignore the basic reality of EU structures, processes and its manner of governance. A group of the supposedly great and good who will ignore what Jose Manuel Barosso’s likely successor, Martin Schultz, has made crystal clear, that the tenets of the EU are non- negotiable and will not be changed.
So ‘eurosceptic’ Open Europe sallies forth alongside the ludicrous ‘Fresh Start’ group, assembling a group of 300 prestigious politicians and ‘opinion formers’ that does not include a single eurosceptic – let alone anyone with an understanding of the EU structures or processes that render any meaningful reform a complete non-starter – and rushes off to the Telegraph to be handed free of charge a substantial platform to publicise their stupidity.
Meanwhile, in the real world, the rest of us are stuck watching disbelieving as the fictional story line develops like a pisspoor soap opera around us; and the EU metaphorically shakes its head at the laughable and deluded challenge to its transparent and decades-old plan for governance of Europe, embodying the pillars of statehood comprising the inviolable four freedoms.
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