Euromyths by the dozen

Never mind the arrival of summer, it was silly season which broke out this weekend with the UK papers gleefully denouncing the EU’s supposed ban on selling eggs by the dozen, whipping themselves into a fervor over this despicable attack by barmy Brussels bureaucrats on the traditional British way of selling eggs. The tabloids and the Torygraph were ready to send the valiant David Cameron into battle with his European counterparts to save our ‘eggs by the dozen’.Make no mistake, this was a classic Euromyth and the words ‘eggs by the dozen’ could have been replaced with any other term, with the story adapted accordingly.

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.

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  1. Robert Crosby says:

    The right-wingers who have specialised in peddling exaggerations and lies about the EU now seem to be using these same tactics about the public sector here (I expect Cameron to produce an example of what he calls "profligate" public spending in PMQs now on a weekly basis) in order to soften the electorate up for the barmy cuts we are now seeing. If we're going to have a "free press", then it has to be coupled with some sense of responsibility and a duty to tell the truth!

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