My dictionary must be out of date, it ain’t got no Eurosceptic in it. Of course it doesn’t list the word ain’t either but that’s another story.
Nearist I can decipher, from this Telegraph article, Eurosceptics are those in Europe that oppose the implementation of the EU Constitution. Margot Wallstrom and other members of the EU government have been their target. Ms. Wallstrom, as VP of the EU Commission, is charged with selling the draft constitution to voters. Judging by her words she might be better suited for another line of work:
Margot Wallstrom, a Swede and the commissioner who must sell the draft constitution to voters, argued that politicians who resisted pooling national sovereignty risked a return to Nazi horrors of the 1930s and 1940s.
She blamed the Second World War on “nationalistic pride and greed, and … international rivalry for wealth and power”. The EU had replaced such rivalry with an historic agreement to share national sovereignty.
She’s quite the scare-monger isn’t she? Not to be outdone by their VP in charge of “fright,” the EU commissioners issued a declaration “stating that EU citizens should pay tribute to the dead of the Second World War by voting Yes to the draft constitution for Europe.” Then added their completely revised version of history that gave the EU sole credit for ending the Cold War, making no mention of the role of Nato and the United States.
Before you ask, yes I have penciled in “Eurosceptic” in my dog-eared copy of Funk and Wagnals Standard Dictionary. Wallstrom’s ignorant comments aside, she seems to have embraced the blogosphere with a blog of her own. It’s well worth a visit for the comedic valure alone. Here is a short example from the comments section.
“The Constitution is neither beast nor beacon, it is an appalling pile of humbug, whimsy, superciliousness, ambiguity, and power-grabbing, concocted by a Convention of has-beens, nobodys, failures and time-servers who nobody voted for. “
That’s great stuff, how long do you think the comments function will be enabled?