Telegraph makes mischief for Suzanne

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There’s an extraordinary piece in Tuesday’s Telegraph saying “The Policy Chief writing the UKIP manifesto (the redoubtable Suzanne Evans) has said she agrees with David Cameron’s position on Europe”.  This is an extraordinarily mischievous piece of misreporting – she said no such thing.

According to the detailed report, she was asked “If you could negotiate reforms you were happy with, would you agree to stay in?”.  This question effectively says “If you were happy with the terms, would you be happy with the terms?”.  Put like that, it’s a truism to which the only answer can be “Yes”.

I’d certainly stay in if we could negotiate the EU down to nothing more than a Free Trade Area based solely on trade and voluntary intergovernmental cooperation, and I daresay that would be Suzanne’s position.  It certainly isn’t David Cameron’s position, and we certainly don’t agree with David Cameron’s position.

First of all, Cameron won’t get any significant concessions.  And secondly, he’ll recommend staying in the EU on the basis of a few minor cosmetic changes.  That is about as far away from UKIP’s policy position as it’s possible to get.  The Telegraph report is frankly disgraceful.

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7 Responses to Telegraph makes mischief for Suzanne

  1. Anne says:

    I have never met Suzanne, but she sure looks a feisty Gal and the last person that would “agree with David Cameron’s position on Europe”. Hmph! Come to think about it, would anyone that has been freely elected to actually Govern their own Country prefer to PAY foreigners to Govern our GREAT Country? My Generation went to war to prevent foreigners Governing us-and WHAT if the next leader of the EU wanted what Hitler wanted eh-and none of us could get rid of him or her eh? Exactly what then?

  2. I think that when one reads the full article the person making mischief is one Roger Helmer, who simply takes her two word answer, “yes, probably,” omits the second word from it and then goes on to ignore the remainder of her further qualifying answers.
    There is no doubt that she does agree wıth Cameron’s position on Europe – she, like him, would be happy with a successful renegotiation – but then goes on and voices her opinion that it would not be possıble…

  3. Jane Davies says:

    David Cameron is delusional when it comes to any so called changes for Britain to stay in the EU, he hasn’t grasped the concept that if one puts lipstick on a pig it’s still a pig. As for the Telegraph and getting facts right it’s reporters are known for incorrect information and I and fellow victims of the frozen pension scandal are always having to comment on their articles as we had to yesterday and correct the misinformation about expat proof of life certificates. A newspaper is only as good as the writers they employ and the Telegraph is starting to lose it’s credibility.

  4. shieldsman says:

    What is Cameron’s position on Europe? No one can agree with his position when they do not know what it is. After years and years of talk we still do not know the details of his proposed renegotiation’s and his bottom line. It would appear that the Telegraph correspondent is not privy to this secret, his is just making mischief.

  5. Leon Wolfeson says:

    My grandfather, father and I always read the Telegraph and could rely on its facts and its judgement. No longer, I am afraid. It is way behind the internet. Its best reporters – bar two – have long gone.
    What, actually, is the difference between the Norway Model (Telegraph joke) and your model? Do tell.

  6. Anne says:

    We will NEVER forget.

    So many gave their lives for us
    Fighting in two World Wars,
    Yet when “Peace” came at last
    We ask, “What was that war for”?
    Where is that peace we fought for?
    Did we pay to give it away
    To foreigners once more to govern us?
    Did the people ever have a say?

    We were asked once in 1975
    To remain in the then EEC,
    But what is it now in 2015,
    It is nothing like we thought it would be.
    Our Common Law Constitution
    Ignored and deliberately cast aside,
    A new Flag and EU Anthem
    That no Brits can truly abide.

    Yet according to our Constitution,
    We must be free to govern our selves?
    To betray those that gave their lives for us
    Would be like living in a permanent Hell!
    We are forbidden to obey foreigners
    Our Constitution makes that quite clear,
    So use the 2015 General Election,
    As the REFERENDUM Governments fear.

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