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The odd thing about Euroscepticism is that it's often the most aggressively Eurosceptic who are most keen to take advantage of the benefits of being in the EU.

Take (please), the Costa Brits with their depreciating Spanish villas and loud wails that their failure to learn Spanish in the five years they've been living there puts them at a disadvantage in the local job market.

Or the UKIP voting (I think) GP next door who plans to retire to Germany for the better health care.

I honestly don't know how to start negotiating with mindsets like that.

by Sassafras on Mon Jun 8th, 2009 at 04:19:20 PM EST
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Sassafras: The odd thing about Euroscepticism is that it's often the most aggressively Eurosceptic who are most keen to take advantage of the benefits of being in the EU.

if the UK left the EU, how significantly would life change for these people?  and how significantly would life change for British people in general?  (i could speculate based on the list of benefits articulated by the EU Commission, but that would be more guess work than anything grounded in reality.)

there is a movie called A Day Without a Mexican (see trailer below).  maybe there is a role for a movie called A Day Without the EU.



Truth unfolds in time through a communal process.

by marco on Mon Jun 8th, 2009 at 05:36:38 PM EST
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For a start, our bananas can be banana shaped again!

And then we can see an attack on our employment rights and equality legislation.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 9th, 2009 at 03:07:23 AM EST
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For a lot of the anti-EU crowd, those are good things. Equality rights aren't for normal, proper English people.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 9th, 2009 at 03:12:04 AM EST
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Just abnormal bastards and state spongers like me.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 9th, 2009 at 03:15:03 AM EST
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Yup. Don't forget the darkies as well..
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 9th, 2009 at 03:22:05 AM EST
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I caught a bit of the report on one of the British channels last night about a BNP voter and is was just insane: starts with "What's wrong with being patriotic?" and got madder and madder until it reached "What's wrong with wanting Christmas?"
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 9th, 2009 at 03:26:20 AM EST
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That's the constant media drumbeat.

Example:

School cancels Christmas nativity in favour of Muslim Eid celebrations - Telegraph

A junior school has cancelled its Christmas performances because they got in the way of the Muslim children celebrating Eid.

Greenwood Junior School sent out a letter to parents saying the three day festival of Eid al-Adha, which takes place between 8-11 December, meant that Muslim children would be off school.

That meant planning for a traditional pantomime were shelved because the school felt it would be too difficult to run both celebrations side by side.

The move has left parents furious.

See the "related articles".

I linked in another comment to a BBC piece about a report on "citizenship lessons" in Schools which drew criticism because it mentioned discussing the slave trade, the legacy of Empire, and the European Union.

The brainless should not be in banking. — Willem Buiter

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 9th, 2009 at 04:02:51 AM EST
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I guess that calling for a Euro-Christmas campaign would be considered unserious and earn me a 2.

Though how you go about being more unserious than the UK euro-sceptics is beyond me.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 9th, 2009 at 04:18:08 AM EST
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The brainless should not be in banking. — Willem Buiter
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 9th, 2009 at 04:22:54 AM EST
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