Media reaction

Much has appeared in the press about David Cameron’s speech yesterday and prior to starting on that, two cartoons (Ack: Presseurop) as cartoonists invariably hit the proverbial nail on the head.

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Politics Home have a feature they call “Today’s Top Ten Must Reads“, which unsurprisingly have only one item that is not about Cameron, his speech and the European Union. The authors of these 9 articles include the usual suspects – Peter Oborne, Timothy Garton-Ash, Mandelson, etc etc. – they can be accessed from the preceding link.

Another of their features is “Today’s Five at Five” (same link) and of those 5 articles, 3 are writing on the same subject as this morning’s 9. Cameron must surely  have hoped that his speech would “park” matters EU to one side and methinks, in this regard, there is little hope of that.

Adding to the articles above, Presseurop has a round-up of some of the views expressed in newspapers on the continent which, it writes, provokes reactions ranging from outrage to – more frequently – understanding. Some of the extracts quoted contain what may be termed “enlightening” statements.

In this post Richard North, EUReferendum, makes some very, very important points where conduct of the forthcoming – if one can use that word bearing in mind the coming forth is 4/5 years away – referendum is concerned. As he writes, this will not be a game but a battle for the future of our country as an independent nation; and name-calling can only denigrate the efforts of those who will be fighting Europhile politicians, their sycophants and the media – not forgetting the European Union.

Besides the renegotiation meme, another that seems to be gaining traction within the media is that should the UK cease its status as a full member of the EU, then trade is no longer possible – coupled with the idea that access to the Single Market is only possible by means of being a full member. To combat these “ploys” – and no doubt similar to come – we do indeed need to get down to work.


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4 Responses

  1. peter geany says:

    We need to leaflet every house in the country, knock on every door and engage the ordinary people of this country who often still bow down before authority. We need to get them thinking for themselves and writing to their MP, even if we provide them with a range of standard letters. They have to believe that their efforts will make a difference which is not how they think today.

  2. Sue says:

    “As he writes, this will not be a game but a battle for the future of our country as an independent nation; and name-calling can only denigrate the efforts of those who will be fighting Europhile politicians, their sycophants and the media – not forgetting the European Unio”.

    So you don’t think they’re going to be using every dirty trick in the book? The only way we’re going to win this, is by appealing to people’s sense of patriotism and by telling the truth. The EU HAS A DEMOCRACY DEFICIT, Britons WERE LIED TO AND CONNED and if we remain in this abusive relationship, things will get much worse. I will continue my own theme of anti-EU rhetoric. A bunch of old fogies sitting round a table discussing The Harrogate Agenda is not going to make the slightest bit of difference to the general population. You will capture the interest of die-hard intellectuals, but nobody else. This is about propaganda which involves emotion. Being sensible just won’t wash.

    • david says:

      Of course they will use every dirty trick in the book, on that surely we do not disagree?

      Either way the people have to become aware that at the end of the day democracy matters and the only way they can control our political class is by changing our system of democracy to ensure an EU situation can never ever happen again.

      Anyway, who you calling an old fogie? :)

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