Tuesday, March 15, 2005

EU to fund EU constitution campaign

In the name of democracy and the spread of knowledge, the EU is to fund a £5.5m campaign on the EU constitution so that voters are able to make an informed choice in the referendums taking place around Europe.

It can be taken for granted that the merits of the EU consitution will be promoted rather than the downsides, however, I am puzzled. I have been led to believe that the likeliest country to reject the EU constitution and therefore send the whole of EU into a new and deeper political crisis was the UK. IT would therefore seem reasonable to expect that the largest tranche of the funding would be spent in the UK, but no, only £86,000 is to be spent in the UK. What do they expect to achieve with such a small amount of money? Does that pay for the design of one billboard poster? Rent a couple of billboards for a week? A half page advert in a couple of newspapers? Answers on a postcard please!!

Just as importantly, which other countries need to be better informed to justify the remaining £5,414,000!?! If you believe certain pundits, Britain is the only eurosceptic nation...

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