Anyone who follows European issues will know the score. Last time it was the traditional British jug of milk
and before it was barmaids’ breasts! The familiar voices of disgust are wheeled out such as the Metric Martyrs, Open Europe or the so-called Taxpayers’ Alliance, and there is always the odd (in both senses) Tory or UKIP ‘rent-a-quote’ MEP who is only too happy to add their voice to the outrage, despite having not the faintest idea of the issue at stake.Of course there was absolutely no truth to the story. I should know as I have been working on this proposal for the best part of two years on behalf of the second largest political group in the European Parliament – although no newspaper saw fit to contact me before publishing their stories, it appears they were only interested in getting their story out. Armed with the facts, I would have only got in the way of their good story!
For the facts (which have fortunately now been published by most of the offending publications) you can check out the rebuttal from the European Parliament here and the Press Association article here.