Andrew Gimson writes in the Guardian about Boris Johnsons ‘interview’ in the Christmas edition of Weltwoche, a magazine published in Zurich. This story has also received coverage in The Local (Swiss news in English, available on-line).
Johnson is floating the idea of a new outer ring of European countries, ones able to trade with the EU but not being constrained by the “integrationist Brussels concept”, as he terms it.
According to Gimson the subtlety of Johnson’s position lies in the fact that he too is against withdrawal. That such a position can be expounded by both politician and journalist leads one to question if either know squat-diddley about that which they speak and write. If Johnson wants ‘coitus-interruptus’ then he has no option but to withdraw – one is either in’ or ‘out’. One is continually amazed by two aspects when ‘matters EU’ are discussed by politicians and journalists; (a) that withdrawal means an inability to trade with the European Union and, (b) that renegotiation is still possible with a view to ‘clawing back’ certain powers. That these myths are allowed to persist really does beggar belief.
Ever since 1972 the political class have lied to the British public about membership of the EEC/EC/EU, aided and abetted by their compliant media – and the process continues. When considering opposition to the political class where, for example, is the voice of Better Off Out or The Freedom Association when one looks at attempts to rebut these lies? More to the point where is Ukip?Other than blogs, there is no evidence of a concerted campaign by those opposed to EU membership. Unfortunately one can but assume that a concerted campaign is hindered somewhat by the egos of the various bodies that are opposed to EU membership as they will all wish to be the ‘lead’ organisation. Methinks that a few heads need ‘banging together’.