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A masterpiece of propaganda

by Frank Schnittger Fri Sep 18th, 2009 at 09:56:40 AM EST


   
Nigel Farage, the Leader of the UKIP is in Ireland again today campaigning for a No vote.  The UKIP are sending out 1.5 Million leaflets to all voters in Ireland which contains a number of untruths and which contains no reference to the UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) on the basis that it is funded by the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group in the European Parliament.

It selectively misquotes an Irish Labour Court decision to make the case that Irish workers pay rates will now be determined by the European Court in Luxembourg and uses a quote from Labour Finance spokesperson Joan Burton from the Nama debate as if it applied to the Lisbon debate.

When Nigel Farage speaks on Irish radio he is bolstering the Yes vote because his hectoring tone and English ruling class accent is genetically programmed into Irish ears to remind them of 700 years of English domination.

However the leaflet is a cleverly produced marketing effort which emphasises the pan European (not British) credentials of EFD group. It is racist, xenophobic and almost laughable in its use of cartoon representations of Barroso and an image of a turkey to make the point that the accession of Turkey would undermine agricultural and regional policies and and deluge Ireland with a potential 75 Million Turks.  Its use of images, graphics, graphs, and short excerpts and quotes is much more effective than any pro-lisbon leaflet that I have seen.


The headlines push all the right No buttons:

Is your Job safe? - ECJ rulings allow contractors to displace Irish workers with workers from lower wage economies

A race to the bottom - Irish workers will be displaced by workers from lower wage economies

Would you like much more immigration? - Turkish accession will flood Ireland with low wage immigrants and dilute CAP payments to farmers

Do you want to pay for the EU? - Ireland is expected to become a net contributor

Lisbon undermines Ireland's economic future - the ECJ can order the harmonisation of taxes which cause market distortions

Lisbon makes the EU a state - and Ireland becomes but a province within it

Do we need an 'EU supreme court' to overrule our values

Will we get EUthanasia - over an image of a syringe.

Do we need more EU red tape

Do you wish to split up the family farm

Do we need worthless guarantees

If Nama is nuts, Lisbon is lethal

etc.

View the full leaflet here

It is a masterpiece of propaganda.  The use of images is superb.  No way was this funded by the 180K the UKIP claim.

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What the leaflet doesn't say is that the UKIP wants the UK to withdraw from the EU, and failing that, to render the EU as ineffective as possible.

The Irish are being invited to re-enact a subservient dominion status to a dominant UK.

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'Stream of lies' on Lisbon - Ukip leader - The Irish Times - Fri, Sep 18, 2009
Members of Generation Yes and Labour Youth staged a protest outside the city centre hotel in which the press conference was held. The group carried posters such as "UK Interference Party" and "Mind your own business" and claimed Ukip was a racist party.


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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Sep 18th, 2009 at 12:33:44 PM EST
and and deluge Ireland with a potential 75 Million Turks.

Funny. Must be 150 million Turks around then, 'cause those 75 mil are supposedly heading for Denmark as soon as the border comes down, at least according to our local haters. Toss in Sweden, where I've seen similar arguments being made propaganda being spread, and you have 225 million Turks in total. No wonder people are scared of the Ottomans...

Maybe I should take out a short position in the Turkish real estate market and start lobbying for Lisbon to pass.

Lisbon facilitates an 'ever closer Union' [...]

Dude. That language has been in every treaty since Maastricht...

But of course, back in 1992 all the Very Serious People were all smiles, because at that time the EU was all about the free, internal market. With none of those meddling Eurocrats who prevent your bank in Montserrat from hiding your taxation rate.

Lisbon makes the EU a state - and Ireland becomes but a province within it

Dude, that train sailed in Maastricht in '92. "Ever closer union" and all that.

Didn't hear any of you guys come to the defence of the anti-capitalist protesters who were shot at in Copenhagen in '92 for protesting Maastricht/Edinburgh. But of course I might have missed it - I wasn't very old at the time...

Do we need an 'EU supreme court' to overrule our values

Judging by the vile garbage in this leaflet, I'd say that yes, yes you do.

- Jake

Austerity can only be implemented in the shadow of a concentration camp.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Fri Sep 18th, 2009 at 12:47:17 PM EST
An opinion poll by Millward Brown/Landsdowne research is being reported on Irish radio - no on line source available yet.

It reports 53% in favour of Lisbon (an increase of 6% in two months) and 26% against.  Similar to the 2:1 margins in other recent polls.

Nama is considered the right solution to the banking crisis by 32% of respondents, and considered wrong by 39%.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Sep 18th, 2009 at 01:30:44 PM EST
A clever production although calling it a masterpiece of propaganda may be carrying it a bit far. One can only look forward to an adapted version of it being used in a future UK referendum campaign.

Whoever wrote it knows Ireland well but not well enough.

It has an incidental benefit. It should set the debate in Ireland finally in an appropriate European context, something that the benighted elites in Ireland have failed to do since Ireland joined the European Community.

by DOCM on Sat Sep 19th, 2009 at 03:16:58 PM EST
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Unfortunately debates like this always get reduced to "what's in it for us".  I've written several LTE's stressing the EU context, only some of which have been published.

notes from no w here
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Sep 19th, 2009 at 05:42:18 PM EST
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As it happens, the Daily Telegraph, of all papers, is running an excellent series on Europe at the moment. Ruth Dudley-Edwards hits every nail on the head that I would wish to (but without her talent).

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/6209943/Europe-will-Ireland-do-the-indecent-thing.h tml

by DOCM on Sun Sep 20th, 2009 at 03:01:52 AM EST
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Bollocks to her generally, and specifically:

Some serious voices, like the multi-millionaire businessman Declan Ganley, of Libertas, who fronted the last No campaign and is pro-EU but anti-Lisbon

If you lack her talent, I recommend giving up typing.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sun Sep 20th, 2009 at 04:33:20 AM EST
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Declan Ganley as a serious voice and Kevin Myers as a moral giant are a couple of nails I'd rather miss. I'll pass on the stereotypes about the Irish (not being of that persuasion).

As for the Telegraph's series, it's mostly (predictably) Europhobic under a veneer of informative fairness. A handful of examples: John Petley of the Bruges Group's railways drivel, xenophobic nonsense about flashers in Paris, Foreign Office bile about Brussels, how the EU is driving the UK to bankruptcy, etc.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Sep 20th, 2009 at 06:00:53 AM EST
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If it is a veneer, its a pretty thick one.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/6206350/EU-Tories-wont-get-a-better-Lisbon-Treaty-d eal.html

The responses have thought me that I should not mix comment and irony on this blog.

It seems to me that the Tories are waking up to the fact that Cameron risks being the turkey. The penny seems to have dropped even with Kevin Myers. And I did like the nice YES photograph, with the children.

by DOCM on Sun Sep 20th, 2009 at 08:30:06 AM EST
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The responses have nothing to do with your mix of comment and irony, to which you're welcome, but other users' frank opinion of what you suggested we look at.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Sep 20th, 2009 at 08:32:53 AM EST
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Oops. For 'thought' read 'taught'.
by DOCM on Sun Sep 20th, 2009 at 08:48:57 AM EST
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As it happens, the Daily Telegraph, of all papers, is running an excellent series

[Torygraph Alert]

- Jake

Austerity can only be implemented in the shadow of a concentration camp.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sun Sep 20th, 2009 at 06:29:48 AM EST
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Great to have met you in Copenhagen, today, Jake.  (I'll have to write a diary about our discussion on the aerodynamics of flying pigs).

notes from no w here
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Sep 20th, 2009 at 02:27:10 PM EST
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