So… Why does the Daily Express hate the EU?

The <em>Daily Express</em> doesn’t like The EU.

Yesterday, the paper contained this story: "EU attempts to brainwash children with ‘sinister Soviet-style propaganda'."

It makes you wonder, what other reasons does the the Daily Express hate the European Union?

Oh, let me count the ways. 

Here is a list of the all the reasons why the Daily Express hasn’t liked the EU in the last two years.

All of these are headlines from their front page alone.

The Daily Express doesn’t like the EU because…

…it includes Germany
GERMANS PLOT TO CONTROL ALL OF EUROPE (21st Jun 2012)
WE MUST STOP GERMANY NOW (8th Jun 2012)

… they are betraying us
SCANDAL OVER EU BETRAYAL (25th Oct 2011)

… they might start a war
GERMANY WARNS OF WAR IN EUROPE (27th Oct 2011)

… they like to increase the price of things
EU FORCE NEW RISE IN PRICE OF PETROL (28th May 2012)
MORTGAGES TO SOAR IN EURO CRISIS (22nd May 2012)
EU WANTS TO PUT UP YOUR MORTGAGE (24th Jan 2012)

… they will raise our taxes
FURY AT NEW EU TAX ON BRITAIN (5th Jan 2012)
NEW EU TAX RAID ON BRITAIN (30th May 2011)
NEW EU TAX BOMBSHELL (8th Apr 2011)

… they ruin our holidays
NEW TAX SLAPS £450 ON FAMILY HOLIDAY – EU MEDDLING BLAMED FOR RISE (30th Dec 2011)

… they like our prisoners
PRISONERS TO BE GIVEN THE VOTE – FURY AT NEW RULING FROM MEDDLING EURO JUDGES (23rd May 2012)

… they like migrants
BATTLE TO KEEP OUT EU MIGRANTS (5th Mar 2013)
EURO COURT DROPS BRITAIN IN IT AGAIN – ASYLUM SEEKERS CAN STAY (22nd Dec 2011)

… we don’t like their migrants
79% SAY WE MUST BAN EU MIGRANTS (30th Jan 2013)

… they will make their migrants take all our benefits
MIGRANTS MUST GET BENEFITS, ORDERS EU (13th Oct 2012)
GO TO BRITAIN FOR BENEFITS SAYS EU (14th May 2012)

… they will also make migrants take all our jobs
EU WANTS MIGRANTS TO TAKE OUR JOBS (15th Nov 2012)
MIGRANTS RUSH TO GET OUR JOBS (31st Oct 2012)
WORKERS ARE BEING FIRED FOR BEING BRITISH (14th Oct 2011)
EU CHEATS US OUT OF JOBS (9th Jul 2011)

The EU are also ruining our economy…
£100BN WIPED OFF OUR SHARES (21st Jun 2011)

… they are taking over our banks
EU PLOT TO TAKE OVER OUR BANKS (13th Jun 2012)

… they are taking over our courts
EU PLOT TO TAKE OVER OUR COURTS (11th Jan 2013)

… they are increasing the price of our food
NEW EU PLOT TO TAX OUR FOOD (14th Apr 2011)

… they are ruining our pensions
NEW EU TAX WILL HAMMER PENSIONS (15th Feb 2013)
EURO RULES RUIN PENSIONS (1st Aug 2012)
EURO CHAOS TO WRECK PENSIONS (24th Jul 2012)
EUROPE TO RUIN BRITISH PENSIONS (24th Apr 2012)
NEW EU RULE WRECKS PENSIONS (15th Mar 2012)
EU RAID ON OUR PENSIONS (1st Oct 2011)
EU MIGRANTS TO GET BRITISH PENSIONS (13th Jul 2011)
NEW EU RULE TO WRECK PENSIONS (26th Apr 2011)
NEW EU LAW RIPS US ALL OFF (2nd Mar 2011)
MADNESS OF EU PENSION RULING (28th Feb 2011)
NEW EU LAWS TO HAMMER PENSIONS (31st Jan 2011)

… they will slash our house prices
EU RULES TO SLASH HOUSE PRICES (12th Nov 2011)

… they hate the British £
GERMANS DECLARE WAR ON OUR £ (19th Nov 2011)
FURY AS THE £ IS BANNED (3rd Sep 2011)

… they are fining us
NOW EU FINES BRITAIN £250,000 EACH DAY (25th Jan 2013)

… they will take VAT on our new houses
NOW THE EU WANTS 20% VAT ON NEW HOUSING (3rd Nov 2012)

… our economy is too good for them
BRITAIN’S ECONOMY TOO GOOD FOR EU (27th Oct 2012)

… and their economy is tanking
DEATH OF THE EURO (17th May 2012)
THE EURO – IMF SAYS IT COULD COLLAPSE (18th Apr 2012)
DEATH OF THE EURO (11th Nov 2011)

You are also paying for it…
OUTRAGE AS EU BILL TO SOAR BY £1.5 MILLION (7th Dec 2012)
ANGER AT BRITAIN’S £37M A DAY EU BILL (30th Oct 2012)
YOU PAY £6,000 A YEAR TO BE IN EU (15th Sep 2012)
NOW YOU PAY £750 A YEAR TO BE IN THE EU (25th Jul 2012)
YOU PAY £500 TO RESCUE GREECE (22nd Feb 2012)
WE MUST PAY £30BN TO BAIL OUT THE EURO (15th Dec 2011)
FURY OVER BRITAIN’S £50M A DAY EURO BILL (24th Nov 2011)
NOW WE ALL HAVE TO PAY £1400 (5th Nov 2011)
£15BN SCANDAL AS GREEKS BEG AGAIN (9th May 2011)
YOU PAY £400 FOR NEW EU BAILOUT (25th Mar 2011)

… and they are crap with the money we give them
CROOKED EU WASTED £89BN IN ONE YEAR (7th Nov 2012)

… they keep insulting us
EU MAKES FOOLS OF BRITAIN AGAIN (21st Nov 2012)

… they lecture us on human rights
CAMERON: WHY EUROPE MUST STOP BULLYING BRITAIN OVER HUMAN RIGHTS (26th Jan 2012)

… they are killing our pets
TEST DRUGS ON PETS SAYS EU (19th Jun 2011)

… they will kill off the entire country
EU PLOT TO SCRAP BRITAIN (4th May 2012)
EU WANTS TO MERGE UK WITH FRANCE (2nd May 2011)

… they brainwash our children
EU BRAINWASH OUR CHILDREN (18th Jan 2012)

… they are seeking revenge
SECRET EU PLOT TO STITCH UP BRITAIN (20th Nov 2011)
EU PLOTS REVENGE AGAINST BRITAIN (13th Dec 2011)

… they are corrupt
PLOT TO ‘RIG’ YOUR EU VOTE (21st Mar 2011)

… they hate our water
EU SAYS WATER IS NOT HEALTHY (18th Nov 2011)

… you pay for their cosmetic surgery
SCANDAL OF EU MEDICAL PERKS – TAXPAYERS PAY £3M BILL FOR MEP’S COSMETIC SURGERY (7th Mar 2011)

… we export more than them
PROOF WE DON’T NEED TO BE IN EU – BRITAIN NOW EXPORTS MORE (19th Jul 2012)

… they make us use their flag
BRITISH TEAMS FORCED TO WEAR EU FLAGS (14th Jul 2012)

… they never work
EU MADNESS – DIPLOMATS GET 24 WEEKS OFF EVERY YEAR (29th Mar 2012)

… and when they do work they want lots of money
GREEDY EURO MPS DEMAND PAY RISE (17th Feb 2012)
NOW EU DEMANDS MORE OF YOUR MONEY (13th Sep 2012)

… and they don’t like plastic bags
EU BANS PLASTIC BAGS (26th Mar 2012)
DAFT EU WANT ALL SHOPPING BAGS MADE ILLEGAL (19th Jan 2012)
BAN SHOPPING BAGS SAYS EU (20th May 2011)

But we are fighting back…
SPEND EU CASH ON OLD AGE CARE – SAY SENIOR TORIES (4th Jan 2013)

The Daily Express thinks that we want to leave…
56% WANT US OUT OF EU (28th Jan 2013)
GIVE BRITAIN AN EU REFERENDUM (17th Jan 2013)
NOW 56% OF VOTERS WANT TO QUIT EU (19th Nov 2012)
BRITAIN STANDS UP TO BULLYING GERMANS OVER EU BUDGET ROW (23rd Oct 2012)
NOW EU DEMANDS REFERENDUM (26th Jun 2012)
NOW 80% DEMAND VOTE TO QUIT EU (12th Jun 2012)
GERMANS BEG US TO STAY IN THE EU (20th Dec 2011)
VICTORY IN NEW FIGHT TO QUIT EURO (26th Nov 2011)
THE GREAT EU REVOLT (24th Oct 2011)
75% SAY: ‘QUIT THE EU NOW’ (22nd Oct 2011)
VICTORY IN BID FOR EU VOTE (17th Oct 2011)
VICTORY IN BID TO QUIT EU (3rd Oct 2011)
EUROPE: MASSIVE DEMANDS TO VOTE (1st Aug 2011)
373,000 SAY NO TO THE EU (1st Feb 2011)

…And apparently we will soon get to leave!
BRITAIN WILL GET EU REFERNDUM (23rd Jan 2013)
WHY THIS FRIDAY IS D-DAY FOR REFERENDUM (15th Jan 2013)
CAMERON: I CAN IMAGINE BRITAIN LEAVING THE EU (18th Dec 2012)
END OF EU IS UNSTOPPABLE (11th Dec 2011)
TOP TORY HINTS AT EU VOTE SOON (5th Nov 2012)
BRITAIN WILL GET EU VOTE (10th Oct 2012)
BRITAIN’S FIRST STEP TO EU EXIT (16th Oct 2012)
NEW PUSH FOR VOTE TO EU EXIT (17th Sep 2012)
GIVE US THE VOTE TO LEAVE THE EU NOW (2nd Jul 2012)
EU VOTE A STEP CLOSER (1st Jun 2012)
BRITAIN SNUBS EU BAILOUT (8th May 2012)
BRITAIN CLOSE TO EU EXIT (10th Dec 2011)
BRITAIN TOLD ‘YOU CAN QUIT EU’ (15th Jul 2011)
NEW HOPE TO GET OUR OF EU (15th Mar 2011)
NEW CHANCE TO FORCE EU VOTE (30th Jul 2011)
GET BRITAIN OUT OF EU NOW (3rd Mar 2011)
BRITAIN IN THE EU: THIS MUST BE THE END (11th Feb 2011)

Oh… and they want us to leave as well.
NOW EVEN THE EU WANTS US TO LEAVE (10th Nov 2012)

So does the Daily Express like the European Union?

No. They don’t.

I’ve also written about the Daily Express and their obsession about the weather, which you can read about here and the year 2011 through the eyes if the Daily Star.

This post first appeared on Scott Bryan's blog and is crossposted with his permission. You can find Scott on Twitter as @scottygb.

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Could Labour implement universal basic income?

The battle over this radical policy is moving gradually into the mainstream.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has called universal basic income (UBI) “an idea whose time may well have come”. It means a fixed regular payment to each citizen, irrespective of income or behaviour. It is seen by both socialists and Silicon Valley as a panacea for the post-industrial world, addressing unrestrained inequality, economic insecurity, and automation-generated unemployment in the modern economy.

Guy Standing, a professor at Soas and founding member of Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), says a “perfect storm of factors have suddenly pushed us into being a mainstream policy question” in recent years. “A lot of people who were sitting on their hands, as it were, have started to come out in favour ... I'm inundated with requests to speak and involvement in conferences, and it's indicative of the sudden realisation that if the growing inequality and growing economic insecurities persist, then the drift to fascist populism will continue. 

“Of course, in the background, a lot of these techies including prominent names in Silicon Valley have come out in favour because they see robots displacing us all. I don't buy that argument, but it's added to a growing chorus of people saying that we should take it more seriously.”

Standing's recent book charts the long history of thinking about UBI (through ancient Greece, Thomas More, and Martin Luther King). But the idea's rise to prominence is the result of a interlinked developments in the economy and the nature of work. As Labour MP Jonathan Reynolds argues, changes such as the rise of self-employment and the gig economy challenge the appropriateness of the traditional welfare state. It's “based around the principle of compulsion, and broadly believing there's two binary states – people in work, and people out of work. We know it's becoming a much more complicated picture than that... The state can't keep up with the complexity of people's lives.”

For Standing, the prospects of UBI being implemented successfully depend largely on how it is framed. He is wary of libertarians who see it as an opportunity to dismantle the welfare state, and believes it needs to be placed within the context of chronic economic insecurity for a growing number within the post-industrial economy.

“The argument that I think is going to prove really important for the left is linked to the growth of the 'precariat',” he says, meaning those living without predictability or security. “People in the precariat are experiencing chronic insecurity that will not be overcome by any existing policy.” 

Even so, support from business could be key. Peter Swenson's work on the history of the welfare state finds that reforms and expansions of social policy have only succeeded when key sections of the capitalist class are in support. He, and other academics, resist the idea that the welfare state is simply the focal point for the battle between left and right over Robin-Hood style redistribution. If UBI is to make its way into policy, support from business may be more important than the strengthening of the left.

Reynolds claims UBI may solve not just policy problems, but political ones.  "You have to say that Labour's situation, in terms of how we've struggled on all of these issues (the party's polling is significantly behind on running the welfare state) over the last few years, means that we should definitely be open to new thinking in this area.” Both he and Standing  are part of the working group that was brought together by McDonnell in February to produce a publication on the issue before the next general election, which would then be discussed across the country. Understandably, the group didn't quite meet its deadline. But Standing says “the general thrust of the plans hasn't changed”.

Standing is hopeful that important sections of the Labour Party are either in support, or can be won over. Clearly, the leadership is generally supportive of the idea – both McDonnell and Corbyn have expressed as much in public statements. Standing says many MPs are “rethinking their position ... many of them have not taken up a position because they thought that this was not an issue to be considered. I think we're seeing a real opening for a much more constructive discussion.”

Reynolds says that “there's people on the right and the left of the party who are in favour, there's people on the right and the left who are against”.
 
Nevertheless, discussion is winning over important Labour constituencies. It's not just radical activist groups, but also trade unions, who are coming round to the idea. According to Standing: “Unite now supports it, as well as a lot of unions in Europe. It used to be the case that the unions were among the most fierce critics of a basic income, on the spurious grounds (in my view) that if people had a basic income they wouldn't push for higher wages and employers wouldn't give higher wages.

“We found in our pilots and in our psychological research that people who have basic security have a stronger bargaining position and are therefore more likely to stand up for their rights, and can lead to improvement in wages and working conditions. So I think that all of those objections are gradually being exposed by theoretical arguments against them, or empirical evidence, from pilots.”

Reynolds agrees that “there's a lot of support coming from the wider labour movement”, but warns that people must not be too optimistic about anything happening quickly. “Clearly it's going to need a radical change to how the tax and benefits system would work, and you'd obviously be completely recasting how personal allowances work, and all of that,” he says. “I think this is sort of the cutting edge of thinking about the future and what our economy will look like in 50-100 years' time, that is the frame that we're looking at.” 

Rudy Schulkind is a Danson scholar who recently graduated in philosophy and politics from St Anne's College Oxford.