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…
I hope Eurosceptics are watching Kiev with embarrassment.Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.