Mail writer goes on anti-EU rant. Meanwhile in Ukraine…

I hope Eurosceptics are watching Kiev with embarrassment.

There’s a brilliantly ironic piece in today’s Mail by columnist Dominic Lawson, who has decided that this could be the moment when ‘the tide of history turned against the EU’.

By ‘this’ he means a fringe meeting of Eurosceptics he attended in Sicily last week. But nevermind that. As Lawson puts it:

It is indeed a long shot and there is nothing more powerful in politics than the status quo; but I left the San Domenico Palace with a sense that it might once again have been the place where history is made,” Lawson writes.

What’s brilliant about the piece is that it should come out on a day when history is actually being made, but perhaps not quite in the way Lawson hoped. For in writing about the ‘tide of history turning against the EU’, he has clearly missed what’s happening in Ukraine, where up to 350,000 people are today protesting in favour of formulating closer ties with the European Union.

That’s right: there is a massive pro-EU demonstration of almost half a million people taking place right now.

The tide of history indeed.

The protesters are marching through Kiev in protest at President Viktor Yanukovych’s refusal to sign an EU trade deal after coming under pressure from Russian. In response, hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets and chants of ‘revolution’ have rung out across a sea of Ukrainian and EU flags.

And yet at the Daily Mail’s offices on Kensington High Street it appears to be business as usual:

Meanwhile in Ukraine…

Protests Ukraine

I hope Eurosceptics are watching Kiev with embarrassment.

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17 Responses to “Mail writer goes on anti-EU rant. Meanwhile in Ukraine…”

  1. tangentreality

    Slightly different situation, though. Ukraine should be free to pursue closer ties with the EU, if it wants to. However, Russia is effectively stopping it from doing so by threatening economic action if it does. Which is wrong.

    UK opposition to the EU is for precisely the same reason. We should be free to form closer ties with countries OUTSIDE the EU, if we want to. But our membership prohibits us from doing so. We should be free to decide our own laws, and apply them as we see fit to our country. But qualified majority voting within the EU means that laws designed by France and Germany are applied to the UK, even if we disagree.

    Many Eurosceptics don’t have a problem with EU membership. We just fail to see why such unwarranted intrusion on our sovereignty has to come with it.

  2. Leon J Williams

    People like this always put their agenda and own personal views ahead of facts and the reality. Of course the general sentiment in the UK and that of Europeans in general does tend to differ.

  3. Jake Armistead

    We trade with plenty of countries outside of the EU, we have done deals with Canada and Japan invests heavily into the UK car industry and despite ignoring human rights abuses were doing deals with China.

  4. tangentreality

    I didn’t say ‘trade with’. I said, ‘form closer ties with’. We can’t sign free trade deals with Canada and Japan.

  5. Jake Armistead

    I don’t see how being allowed to trade with other countries (and were not talking pennies here) and being secure in the EU is a bad thing but whatever guess once we do leave out of ignorance and we do see our economy shrink as a result we can all enjoy the pain of another recession together. How joyful…

  6. tangentreality

    Firstly, if we conduct more trade outside the EU than in it, particularly on exports, then not being able to sign free trade agreements with those countries is very damaging, because the tariffs that are imposed make our exports look expensive.

    Secondly, there is no surety that our economy would shrink if we left the EU. In actual fact, we import far more from the EU than we export. So it’s more in THEIR interest to keep us in than it is in ours.

    Thirdly, we may well not leave. In fact, many on the Right want simply a better deal for EU membership – more focus on trade, and less on political interference.

  7. Jake Armistead

    I want a better deal in the EU but when you have parties like UKIP pushing the agenda further to the right and further into the realms of leaving that becomes a real threat which isn’t helped by the media. No surprise that UKIP would want us out though with the potential for economic doom, when else do right wing parties prosper? Certainly not in a positive economic climate.

  8. S.r. Williams

    The issue in the Ukraine is free trade not signing away their laws and freedoms to the EUSSR.

  9. colonel_hackney

    It’s all relative. For Ukraine the EU may be a better bet than Putin. Given history and geography this may make sense. For the UK, the EU (in its presently constituted form) may be not be best. Given history and geography this may also make sense.

  10. Doug Smith

    No surprise about this. Their enthusiasm for something they’ve never experienced reminds me of New Labour’s enthusiasm for war.

    Once they’re in it only the few who are likely to benefit remain enthusiastic.

  11. david17606

    Shouldn’t the left be ‘on an anti-EU rant’?

  12. Henry Tinsley

    EUSSR? Pathetic.

  13. Henry Tinsley

    I guess these anti-EU types don’t care that the economy will go down the pan if we leave.

  14. neilcraig

    Whoopee – the “left” pushing for ever more EU bureaucrats.
    Good maths “up to 350,000” (actually a few thousands) becomes “nearly 500,000” with a little typing.
    How many of them weren’t being funded by “non-“governmental organisations funded by the EU parasites?

  15. Asteri

    Eurosceptics can watch Kharkov, Donetsk, Odessa and Sevastopol with vindication as there will be no great disappointment in not signing any deal with the EU there. Before we get excited, its worth remembering that Yanukovych was elected with 49% of the vote in a 70% turnout election, on a pro-Russian and anti-EU ticket. This is supported by a slight majority of Ukrainians in the Southeast who are predominantly Russophile as opposed to the pro-western Ukrainian nationalists in Western Galicia. Like it or not, this move has the backing of roughly half the population, that’s all you need to be democratic by western standards.

  16. Joedqf

    you’re a moron. Everyone who calls the EU the EUSSR is a moron. Go read a book about stalinism.

  17. Doug Smith

    Most Labour MPs and MEPs would rather protect big business interests than the interests of their constituents. Hence inaction over mechanisms included in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership which will diminish the sovereignty of Parliament.

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