Who knows what Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and Peter Mandelson were thinking when he decided to take up lobbying for Britain to join the Euro again. As well as being politically insane, it would be economically foolish to join the Single Currency. Mr Barroso's comments, though, contain a particularly revealing comment that gives an insight into the kind of mindset held by the pro-Euro lobby.
Barroso's comments went thusly:
"We are now closer [to Britain joining the Euro] than ever before. I'm not going to break the confidentiality of certain conversations, but some British politicians have already told me, 'If we had the euro, we would have been better off'. I know that the majority in Britain are still opposed, but there is a period of consideration under way and the people who matter in Britain are currently thinking about it."
That effectively summarises the elitest, anti-democratic views of the EU elite. How on earth can he in one breath acknowledge that the majority of British people are opposed to the Euro, and then dismiss them because they are not "the people who matter"? This project is at core one driven by a self-interested elite of politicians and bureaucrats, with at best a disregard and at worst out and out contempt for democracy and public opinion. It stinks.