More lies and misinformation in the war for votes in the forthcoming EU referendum. UKIP-supporting tabloid The Daily Express has stayed true to form with a fabricated leading article on its website.
Under the headline BRUSSELS SHOCK: EU PLOTS TAX ON BRITISH SHOPPERS… TO FUND BENEFITS FOR OVERSEAS JOBLESS, the paper works itself up into a froth over reported plans by ‘barmy Brussels bureaucrats‘ to ‘milk Britain’s growing economy‘ with a VAT-style tax to fund an EU-wide unemployment benefit scheme.
‘The plan would mean British shoppers shelling out millions more at the tills every year to pay for benefits and job creation schemes in countries with high unemployment rates‘, it reports.
However, the scheme, which was discussed at an EU employment committee meeting in Brussels, doesn’t even involve Britain. It is planned for countries within the Eurozone, which has seen growing unemployment since the 2008 financial crisis.
EU countries that don’t use the Euro, such as Britain, would have a chance to join the scheme at a later date but it would be optional.
Unveiling the plan at the meeting, the Italian finance minister Pier Carlo Padoan (pictured above) said ‘If a country doesn’t want to be part of this scheme then it won’t wish to make contributions nor of course will it reap benefits.’
The Express article mentions this but it buries the information beneath paragraphs of propaganda designed to make readers feel as if they’re doomed to be ripped off if Britain remains in the EU. It’s a tactic that newspapers seem to be using more and more frequently – ‘fact burying‘ – no doubt aware that the headline and opening couple of paragraphs will be what sticks in people’s minds.
With at least several months until the nation votes on its future with the EU, there could be a lot more fighting dirty ahead.
Original Daily Express article available here.