Only a buffoon or a rogue could interpret the Duke of Cambridges statements as being in favour of remaining in Europe – or against it, for that matter
Only a buffoon or a rogue could place on the chaps statements the construction placed on it overnight by assorted Eurosceptic rowdies and big swaths of Fleet street finest. Even the FT put this phoney controversy on page one. Shame on you, Mr Editor!The controversial sentence, the one which pushed up blood pressures which are already dangerously high, operates as follows 😛 TAGEND
In an increasingly turbulent world, our ability to unite in common action with other nations is essential.
There was a passageway about working in partnership with others, which invoked the UN, Nato, the Countries of the middle east. There was also a reference to the Commonwealth, of which granny is the head.
But the word Europe never intersected the royal lips. No , not Europe, EU or even: Isnt Jean-Claude Juncker a terrific bloke, cant get enough of him. Hes not daft, hes got a fine art degree, and the people who tell him how to keep out of difficulty arent daft either, short of a few chins though many of them are.
Prince Billys discretion is in marked contrast to this weeks contribution to the EU debate from theatrical royalty. Its a real Idiots Guide on how not to win friends and influence people.
Yes, Emma Thompson( the outspoken darling of the left – Daily Mail) shared her Brexit thoughts while in Berlin to promote her latest cinema, Alone in Berlin. Of course Im going to vote to stay in Europe, are you kidding? she told reporters. My God, of course, it would be madness not to. Its a crazy notion not to. We should be taking down perimeters , not putting them up.
Fair enough. Apart from the daffy bit about perimeters, I could go along with that conclusion. But in her bid to woo swaying voters Thompson stepped over one of the Mails misty red lines by describing her native land as, a tiny little, cloud-bolted, rainy corner of sort-of-Europe, I mean really a cake-filled, misery-laden gray old island.
Was it a joke? It isnt clear from the video. Either way, I suspect most Germans, who retain some respect, even affection for these islands will disapprove of that sort of arrogance. I certainly do. Shakespeare, who helps keep Emma in gainful employment, certainly would. He liked the septred isle, cake and all.
The outburst earned her a doubled page spread( Luvvie Emma Sneers at Britain) in the Mail, a fate I rarely wish on anyone. When the Mail does a chore on someone it does it properly. I thoroughly enjoyed the piece , not least because Emma has form, all duly noted by the thorough Mail.
It matters because arrogant, disrespectful stances like this may expense the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign the win it thinks its heading towards if the referendum is staged on 23 June. Brexit voters feel neglected, they fear for their childrens future in a scary world. The remedies they are being offered by charlatans of right and left may make things worse, but the dreads deserve respect.
The emerging facts are bad enough. It now transpires that the European parliament will be asked to legislate on David Camerons emergency brake on welfare payments to EU migrants after the UK votes yes to continued membership( if it does ). That assumes that Cameron gets his modest renegotiation deal this weekend, of course. Some smaller countries, even more insular than us in the deepening global crisis, are get in a strop. Super-cool Dave is said to be under great pressure. So he should be. All this was his idea.
The parliament can be unpredictable, it can be monkeys with firearms, one senior official( anonymous sources are always senior, arent they ?) told the BBC. I bet he/ she is a Brit. Thats not a very French joke.
I havent been to the European parliament for years. Theyre mostly decent people, trying to do their best, a little bit like Emma Thompson. Like her, they enjoy periods of idleness between bouts of intense activity. Unlike her they are paid to think quite hard about the questions, even when they sometimes reach the incorrect conclusion.
But Thompson is an actor, shes paid to speak other peoples lines, just like Michael Caine whose muddled Brexit remarks I mocked a while back. I know shes much more than that, a good person too. But sensible people should take no more a written notice of performers opinions than they do of the greengrocer or the vicar. We all have one vote.
That all sets Prince Williams anodyne statements in a calmer context, doesnt it? Idiots on both sides of the Brexit debate profess themselves softly pleased or outraged by what he said, though in fairness to the Mail it operated a sidebar( see here below main article) asking: But did he really mean the opposite?
Yes, the Mail spotted that Billys words about cooperation with other members of the community of nations( whatever next !) could be interpreted in the chanceries and pubs of Europe as referring to those other interlocking circles extolled by Churchill, the UN, Commonwealth, Nato and the special relationship with Washington.
Stuff Europe, eh! We have always sought to explore beyond the horizon, he said in what must surely have been a swipe at 500 million cheese-eating surrender monkeys clearly in sight from the cliffs of Kent on a good day.
Its all rubbish, of course, just as the Queens advice to Scots to think very carefully before voting in the referendum was a statement of the bland and blindingly obvious. But condescending attitudes in the Yes to Europe camp are as irresponsibly dangerous as the vague fantasies, upbeat or menacing, offered by the other side. In or out well need to cooperate with foreigners, wont we?
So good of you to be boring, Your Highness. Sorry about the spin.
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