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Colman: Because the EU is not purely a free-trade, regulation reducing project. The EU is a social, political and trade regulation project.

That is just the anti-EU spin, right?  But corporations are about maximizing profits, and they separate the spin from the reality, can't they?  So if the EU in fact, not in spin, helps to improve their profits, what are they gaining by attacking it?  Or are you saying that in fact UK corporations' profits are less with the UK in the EU than if it were outside it?

Here is a pure hypothetical:  Suppose that EU regulations miraculously changed/disappeared (e.g. under pressure from the supposed resurgence of the right in the recent elections) to become perfectly amenable to the interests and aims of UK corporations.  Then would the anti-EU rhetoric in the UK media -- at least the part driven and sponsored by UK corporations -- disappear and give way to pro-EU rhetoric?

Truth unfolds in time through a communal process.

by marco on Tue Jun 9th, 2009 at 09:51:49 AM EST
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Here is a pure hypothetical:  Suppose that EU regulations miraculously changed/disappeared (e.g. under pressure from the supposed resurgence of the right in the recent elections) to become perfectly amenable to the interests and aims of UK corporations.  Then would the anti-EU rhetoric in the UK media -- at least the part driven and sponsored by UK corporations -- disappear and give way to pro-EU rhetoric?

I think that experiment may have been done in reverse.  IIRC, back when the EU was the EEC,  the Labour Party's then policy to take us out of the EEC was framed by the media as yet more evidence that they were the Loony Left.

So my answer would be-yes, remove all those nasty workers' rights and equality bits and I expect the UK media would have a change of heart.

by Sassafras on Tue Jun 9th, 2009 at 01:56:48 PM EST
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marco:
 But corporations are about maximizing profits, and they separate the spin from the reality, can't they?  So if the EU in fact, not in spin, helps to improve their profits, what are they gaining by attacking it?

Needle. Groove. Stuck...

it's the principle, innit?

gvt = brakes, faster profit = ungoverned.

great google almighty, i loved the story of your e-search, marco!!

nothing like making it easy and attractive to random readers.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Jun 10th, 2009 at 01:56:37 AM EST
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