Note the change of iconography (Cameron as Henry V, ‘jousting’, ‘crusade’, ‘portcullis’ – albeit with a Union Flag which didn’t exist in those days – good old BBC) and tone.
Sopel: But isn’t the real eurosceptic thing to do, which is what David Cameron and George Osborne will do is… to say ‘we are fighting for Britain’s interests within Europe and trying to get the best deal possible…”
After decades of reviling ‘eurosceptics’ the BBC is now carrying Cameron’s torch that it’s okay to be a eurosceptic and that we’re no longer ‘fruitcakes, nutjobs and Little Englanders’ (even if you were Scottish, Welsh or Irish). They’re still one step behind the rest of us who know full well that there is no chance of renegotiation within the terms of the Lisbon Treaty, or any of the treaties our governments have signed on our behalf.
I’m unsure who the two commentators were because I didn’t watch the programme. One is called Sarah, who smirked as Farage answered a question, and the other, I think (going by his voice and, if it is him, he’s put on a bit of weight and grown a beard), is James Somebody-or-Other, an LBC radio phone-in host who is so pompous and arrogant that he never lets others finish their sentences and always interprets their views – “What you’re saying is…” “What you mean is…”).
Here’s the Con (Artist):
“People have no idea of the scale of money British banks are owed by European banks. If the European banks start going it will be our banks that are on the line, our government on the line.”
Oh, I think we do have an idea; we do know. We know the scale involved and we know you will make us pay for it. We also know that our taxes shouldn’t be used to prop up bankers or governments. Nothing should be too big to fail. The views of this failed and bitter politician are irrelevant.
Government has become far too big and unwieldy. The government’s proposal to cut 10% of MPs doesn’t go far enough – that’s only 50ish MPs lost (maths isn’t their strong point). You only have to look at the House during PMQs to see them fighting chunky haunch by well-fed jowl for a seat on the benches. They’re all tucked in very cosily and those who fail to find a place must elbow for room around the Speaker’s Chair or in the doorway, shoulder to chippy shoulder. Personally, I think it’s become so rotten and corrupt that I’d like a clean break – slash it back to one MP for one County and re-build it from there. I don’t think that proposition is any more ludicrous than the system we now have in place.
Added Value: THIS, from 2006:
Mr Cameron also condemned the “ignorance” of English people about Scots and Scotland and the “embarrassing” English insensitivity on matters ranging from the acceptability of Scottish banknotes to “the inevitable aggressive Glaswegian drunk” in TV programmes.
“If I become the prime minister of the United Kingdom, I’ll never, never take Scotland for granted,” Mr Cameron said.
He also pledged to take on “sour Little Englanders” who wanted rid of Scotland. “I’ll fight them all the way,” he said.
Well, at least the Scots weren’t taken in by him.
By the way, I keep meaning to find the link but … Voting rights in the EU are determined by the population count. Nod/wink.
UPDATE: Here’s Heseltine talking about the great “European adventure”. with an insert about the events of Black Wednesday: