This Easter we find ourselves in the middle of a European election campaign in which the question at the heart of the European debate is finally being addressed: should Britain remain a member of the EU, or is it time to leave?
The isolationists have been allowed to peddle their myths unchallenged for decades. Of all Nigel Farage’s far-fetched claims – and there are many – the most outlandish is the idea that UKIP’s call for an exit is the insurgents’ battle cry. European withdrawal is presented as a great revolutionary promise, held in stark contrast to the status quo upheld by a homogeneous political elite.
What poppycock. For a start, Farage is every bit the professional politician he enthusiastically reviles. He and I were elected to the European parliament on the same day in 1999. I left after five years. The UKIP leader is still there. More important, there is nothing remotely new about his party’s ambitions. UKIP is simply the fresh face of a long-standing Euroskeptic establishment, supported by many in the Tory party and significant parts of the press…
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After failing in debate with Farage, Clegg is at it again in The Guardian.
Poor title choice. I know how I would answer if I lived in the UK.