Wednesday, January 4, 2012

They are all eurosceptics now

Everybody seems to be a eurosceptic these days. Or so they say. The latest one to come out with that odd self-identification was Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk. According to the Wall Street Journal,:
“I’m not a euro-enthusiast of the sort that has eyes only on the yellow stars on the blue background, forgetting the white-and-red flag,” he said Saturday, referring to flags of the EU and Poland. “I’m a common-sense euroskeptic, without any unhealthy fascinations.”
It's a little hard to tell what he means by that. After all, we have enough trouble trying to disentangle what our own Tory eurosceptics mean in reality. But, as far as I can tell, he means that as things are not very good in the eurozone at the moment, he does not think Poland should join any time soon but, of course, there is no need to suppose that the eurozone will fall apart and some time in the future, if the conditions are right and there is a good deal of money coming to Poland we shall try again.

Just as in Britain, however, the mention of the word seems to send everyon scurrying for journalistic phrases. A completely uninteresting and meaningless little statement is being described as a "significant about-face". What would happen, I ask myself, if a politician did decide, on the basis of facts to change his or her mind and come out seriously against the whole project.

4 comments:

  1. WitteringsfromWitneyJanuary 4, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    "What would happen, I ask myself, if a politician did decide, on the basis of facts to change his or her mind and come out seriously against the whole project."

    That is of course presuming, Helen, that a brain implant had taken place?

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  2. No doubt there are quite a few politicians now having serious doubts about the viability of the euro and starting to recognise the mega failings of the EU. It only needs one or two to come out of the closet for it to start a stampede that will completely destroy the EU project. If the current crisis continues then I suspect politicians will start to step forward in denunciation to save face and to secure their positions post EU. Far fetched maybe but I hope not.

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  3. I consider the term 'eurosceptic' wishy-washy, Helen. Those who claim euroscepticism can hover indefinitely.The Project is septic and that putrid bunch engenders Europhobia.

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  4. Ah,but if don't "work and play well with others" you lose the chance for one of the tax free EU sinecures reserved for clapped out politicians.

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