An opinion item by Charles Clover in the Daily Telegraph this morning opens with this encouraging paragraph:
"As Churchill demonstrated in the 1930s, if you go on saying the right thing long enough, you stop being ignored. You end up saying: "I told you so." That is slowly happening with the advice that the scientists who monitor the EU's seas give about cod."
It later goes on to make the following totally false assertion:
"And in failing, the plan has exposed the intellectual bankruptcy of the Common Fisheries Policy, the EU council of fisheries ministers, and their rotten management of all the creatures in the seas around our shores — the birthright of all EU citizens, not just fishermen."
The birthright of a Greek or Lithuanian is not, never has been and never can be to the fish in the seas offshore my native Devonshire. No more than are the fish in the seas off Lithuania or Greece my birthright.
Thus in a paper supposedly EU-sceptic , in an article ostensibly critical of the disastrously ill run EU we are delivered subtle and insidious EU federalist propaganda.
The EU fisheries belong to the maritime nation countries of the EU founding states and in Britain's case these were treacherously given away by lies in Parliament delivered by Geoffrey Ripon (Conservative) standing alongside PM Edward Heath.
The Telegraph by publishing lies, long and often, cannot turn them into truth. Just what does the author of this article consider as an EU birthright?
The only possible answer to that question must lie within the supposed rights contained in the rejected constitutional treaty!