Monday, March 14, 2005

The propaganda question

They just can't win. After repeated fuss about how the Commission is funding pro-EU and pro-constitution organisations and material, they're now being attacked for funding their critics.

"The deputy head of the Liberals in the European Parliament, Silvana Koch-Mehrin, has said it is 'scandalous' that EU money has been used to fund the anti-globalisation movement, Attac.

"Ms Koch-Mehrin told FT Deutschland that there should be a change in the way EU support money is allocated.

"'After all, Attac is a massive critic of the EU', said the liberal MEP, who has written to the Commission asking how the situation arose."

What next? Should they stop paying anti-EU MEPs like Kilroy and the UKIP lot (who currently get £59,000 a year each)?

Meanwhile, Tim Worstall spots a nice bit of anti-EU propaganda hiding in the Mail on Sunday's crossword.

Quite why the Commission needs to fund its critics when the Eurosceptics have already got backers like Associated Newspapers and Rupert Murdoch, I have no idea...

2 Comments:

Blogger ken said...

"Quite why the Commission needs to fund its critics when the Eurosceptics have already got backers like Associated Newspapers and Rupert Murdoch, I have no idea"

Probably an oversight, but I would have thought that as all of us Eusceptics are forced to contribute to the system there should be equal funding, similar argument to BBC funding. Of course the other option would be to only fund those organisations which do support the basic ideals of the EU, but that funding could perhaps come from a voluntary EU tax? Otherwise I cannot see why only those who are forced to pay and also agree should be the only ones to gain.

3/15/2005 01:46:00 am  
Blogger Nosemonkey said...

Well, it was meant to be a joke... But still.

I have absolutely no problem with equal funding for either side - it's only fair, after all. It would also necessitate some sort of regulations about the kind of information which can be put out by the pro- and anti- camps, and so hopefully end the plague of euromyths which have continued to spew out of both groups. Could only be a good thing.

3/15/2005 10:57:00 am  

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