Governments often use “success stories” from other countries as an argument when it suits their national agenda. Sometimes the reality of the success story is however questionable.
Recently the new British Conservative Government created a free school status allowing parents and private groups to create and organise schools besides the state school system.
Time to revise down aspirations? The "Special relationship"
One of the key elements of the British national psyche, which helps Brits to feel different from their "European" counterparts, is the "Special relationship" Britain is said to enjoy with the USA. For many Brits, a Union with other Europeans does not make sense when Britain is side by side with the world super power... well sort of.
"The Spanish Presidency has tried to generate “confidence and unity” in the EU"... except when my PR campaign took precedence.
In the mass of Wikileaks revelations, one gave a glimpse of the bare reality of the lack of solidarity between EU states. European Heads of States usually praise the EU project in public, but they often find more important to defend their own little agenda in practice.
"An exclusive poll conducted on the first day of our crusade showed an astonishing 99 per cent of people agree we should quit the European Union."
The Daily Express has launched a “crusade” to get Britain out of "Europe" (sic). These kinds of campaigns are common in tabloids who always boast incredible support. In this case The Daily Mail claimed a support of 99% from a poll.
The UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom was yesterday expelled from the European Parliament. In a debate on the current Iris bailout, he marked his opposition to the speech of German MEP Martin Schultz (leader of the European social democrats) with the jibe “Ein volk, ein Reich, ein fuhrer” (one people, one empire, one guide, the slogan of Nazi Germany).
Eurosceptics hate the euro per se and with the Irish crisis, they found another opportunity to blame it. This time it is accused of being the cause of the current Irish woes. Here is the argument put against the euro: the low interest rates of the Eurozone fostered the housing bubble which is at the root of the Irish crisis.
The pound de facto devaluation vs the euro
British citizens are feeling the pinch of the weak pound when travelling abroad, foreign goods have become more expensive at home and British firms find harder to attract good candidates from the Continent. But the British public has been told that all it is for the greater good. Thankfully the UK was not in the euro!
Is the EU going to rename the English Channel the Anglo-French pond?
Is the EU going to ban British double decker buses?
Is the EU going to forbid eggs to be sold by the dozens?
Is the EU going to ban French cheese?
Is the EU going to impose legalisation of abortion in Ireland?
No, no, no... and no. Though these assertions were published in the European press.
"British taxpayers face a multimillion pound bill to help bail out Ireland" (The Guardian)
Once again the presentation in the media of the financial rescue package of a Eurozone country is plainly wrong. The so called "bail out" does not consist in a gift of capital to Ireland, and taxpayers are most likely not to pay anything as a consequence.