With the recent debunking of Open Europe – and Mats Persson in particular – on the false assertion that Norway and Switzerland have no voice in the formation of EU legislation, there is also another worrying aspect about the fact that the political class appear to lend so much weight to the opinions of Open Europe.
With the proven fact that much of the technical detail encapsulated in EU law has been previously decided by the UNECE, one can but wonder if ministers, when being asked by their civil servants to sign paperwork implementing EU legislation within the UK, have the faintest idea of the origins of said legislation – or indeed even MPs debating such measures in the chamber. Bearing that point in mind, it should also be remembered that Parliamentary Select Committees hold ‘hearings’ in which they call ‘experts’ in given fields with a view to assisting those committees to understand the ‘detail’ behind the subject(s) in question.
Recently, on 6th December 2012 to be exact, the EU Sub-Committee for External Affairs held the third evidence session of its inquiry into the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Committee Room 2A, at which session one of the witnesses called was Mats Persson of Open Europe.
In view of Persson’s lack of knowledge, deliberate or not, on ‘matters EU’, why is it that when considering that hearing on 6th December, the phrase: “the blind leading the blind” springs to mind?