Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Stepping on sore Toes

I was discussing politics today with a friend who is not very interested at all but has an opinion once in a while. The EU is very dear to him and I from time to time contradict him on virtually all the 'truths' he holds to be facts, he does not seem to mind as there are so many 'truths' (that is virtues in his eyes) of the EU so a little dent here and there cannot possibly be bad, the greater good of the EU prevails - always.

I think he hit the nail on the head there with regards to the general stance by the media in their stance to the EU at least the FT. They think that the accumulated errors of the EU still does not justify the reform of the institution or the withdrawal of the UK from the EU. They think that we are getting our money's worth (and it is so much money...)

What happened next in the conversation was, to my amazement, the same thing that happens in general when you try to topple the views of a eurocrat they respond with hostility and mockery. Whilst my profound belief is that mockery is the weapon of those who have no other, it lies in the eye of the beholder what exactly virtues and vices are. Facts and numbers are not enough to justify a menace in their world.

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