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It is the reporting of the EU that is most in need of reform.

May 28, 2014 6:47 PM
By David Walker - Loughborough
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

EU FlagUKIP have gained votes because the EU is so badly reported. The BBC and the media give space and air time to the wrong people and create the wrong impression.

The EU has a structure similar to most democratic organisations, with a Civil Service (the Commission), a cabinet (The Council of Ministers) and a Parliament.

When UK policy is discussed in the media, proposals are usually promoted by Ministers and discussed by journalists and by MPs. The media do not interview the civil servants, quite rightly.

However when EU policy is discussed in the media we nearly always have an interview with a Commissioner. Many proposals put forward by the commission are rejected by ministers or by the EU parliament, but we still hear about them.

Please can the media stop interviewing Commissioners, and interview Ministers about the debates in the Council of Ministers, and MEPs about the debates in the EU Parliament.

Just for once we did hear from an MEP this morning. Stuart Agnew MEP (UKIP) said that he would vote against everything unless it was support for widows and orphans, and then he would abstain. Presumably he would even vote against policies that were in the interest of the UK. We need to know about the potential performance of UKIP!

David Walker
Loughborough Liberal Democrats