Juncker attacks UK press, but it's a free press he hates

"When it becomes serious, you have to lie," Jean-Claude Juncker has said of getting business done in the EU. Remember, this is the top candidate for president of the Commission. And they wonder why Britain hates Brussels

Jean-Claude Juncker looking angry
the commentator
On 6 June 2014 09:16

So Jean-Claude Juncker, wanna-be president of the European Commission, is sulking because the British press is holding him to scrutiny. It "bothers me" he said, adding: "You had better be ready for a lot more dirt."

No Jean-Claude, not dirt, just the truth about what you stand for. And that's what you're really afraid of, isn't it? You don't so much object to the British press as the free press.

Let's start with his own words: "When it becomes serious, you have to lie," he has said of getting business done in the EU. Or how about this one on the EU Constitution and what the people may or may not say about it in a referendum:

"If it's a Yes, we will say 'on we go', and if it's a No we will say 'we continue’,” he said. For a more comprehensive takedown of this character, see this excellent piece by Bruno Waterfield in the Telegraph. But we trust that the picture is clear. Jean-Claude Juncker is a rather shabby and dishonest democracy-hater.

If he does in the end get the job of Commission President it should certainly convince any waverers that Britain must definitively leave the EU.

But even if he doesn't get the job, just pause to reflect on this:

From the point of view of the European Parliament, most leading mainstream parties in Europe, and the Brussels establishment, Juncker's the best man for the job. He's as good as it gets. While all those committed to freedom, democracy, transparency and the rule of law recoil in horror at the very thought that such a man could get this job, most of mainstream Europe is swooning over him.

And that's the take-home point from this whole sorry business. Is there really anything more to say?

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