Some headlines are so arresting that you simply have to stop and read more. “Europe tells Britain to increase taxes”, it says on the front of the newspaper I work for.
Indeed. The unelected Eurocrats want the British government to raise taxes, especially on land and property. I wondered, in a tweet retweeted by a number of apparent Ukip supporters, how many votes this would bring in for Nigel Farage in the Newark by-election.
This was, presumably, not the intention, though one can never be sure what Brussels actually intends. One can only assume that those Eurocrats, having wrecked much of Europe’s economy while seeing the UK’s starting to move ahead again strongly, would prefer us to revert to the misery they have caused elsewhere in the Eurozone. In some perverse new rendering of, we’re all in it together.
Meanwhile Brussels would also like to see more austerity meted out in Greece, a country already at breaking point – the Athenian economy hasn’t looked this sick since, ooh, the end of the Second Peloponnesian War. Should be good for a few more votes for the neo-fascist Golden Dawn.
I did not vote for Ukip, and I know of few people in business who believe we should leave the EU. But I can understand why some people think we should.