Rod Liddle Rod Liddle

Horror in the corridors of the Observer

Absolutely fascinating double page spread in The Observer yesterday which suggests that the UK is ‘sleepwalking’ towards an exit from the European Union. My only quibble with the piece is that the source of this narcolepsy was not explained: is it drug induced, or have we perhaps become zombified? Either way, we don’t know what we are doing, according to The Observer.

This is the usual recourse of the left when the rest of the country makes the grotesque mistake of thinking differently to what the bien pensants want. The feature was based upon a poll which suggested that only 14 per cent of Brits consider themselves ‘European’, which is a rather higher figure than I’d have thought, unless it’s simply pedantic geographical determinists. Anyway, the paper pointed out, correctly, that this was a smaller figure than the other countries which had been polled – Germany, Poland and France. It didn’t point out that a majority of citizens in these countries didn’t consider themselves European, either, mind.

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