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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There is nothing compassionate about Britain’s Dickensian tolerance of begging

I was called “heartless” for urging police to refer beggars to support services. But funding drug habits to salve a liberal conscience is the truly cruel approach.

In Rochdale, like many other towns across the country, we’re working hard to support small businesses and make our high streets inviting places for people to visit. So it doesn’t help when growing numbers of aggressive street beggars are becoming a regular fixture on the streets, accosting shoppers.

I’ve raised this with the police on several occasions now and when I tweeted that they needed to enforce laws preventing begging and refer them to appropriate services, all hell broke loose on social media. I was condemned as heartless, evil and, of course, the favourite insult of all left-wing trolls, “a Tory”.

An article in the Guardian supported this knee-jerk consensus that I was a typically out-of-touch politician who didn’t understand the underlying reasons for begging and accused me of being “misguided” and showing “open disdain” for the poor. 

The problem is, this isn’t true, as I know plenty about begging.

Before I became an MP, I worked as a researcher for The Big Issue and went on to set up a social research company that carried out significant research on street begging, including a major report that was published by the homeless charity, Crisis.

When I worked at The Big Issue, the strapline on the magazine used to say: “Working not Begging”. This encapsulated its philosophy of dignity in work and empowering people to help themselves. I’ve seen many people’s lives transformed through the work of The Big Issue, but I’ve never seen one person’s life transformed by thrusting small change at them as they beg in the street.

The Big Issue’s founder, John Bird, has argued this position very eloquently over the years. Giving to beggars helps no one, he says. “On the contrary, it locks the beggar in a downward spiral of abject dependency and victimhood, where all self-respect, honesty and hope are lost.”

Even though he’s now doing great work in the House of Lords, much of Bird’s transformative zeal is lost on politicians. Too many on the right have no interest in helping the poor, while too many on the left are more interested in easing their conscience than grappling with the hard solutions required to turn chaotic lives around.

But a good starting point is always to examine the facts.

The Labour leader of Manchester City Council, Richard Leese, has cited evidence that suggests that 80 per cent of street beggars in Manchester are not homeless. And national police figures have shown that fewer than one in five people arrested for begging are homeless.

Further research overwhelmingly shows the most powerful motivating force behind begging is to fund drug addiction. The homeless charity, Thames Reach, estimates that 80 per cent of beggars in London do so to support a drug habit, particularly crack cocaine and heroin, while drug-testing figures by the Metropolitan Police on beggars indicated that between 70 and 80 per cent tested positive for Class A drugs.

It’s important to distinguish that homelessness and begging can be very different sets of circumstances. As Thames Reach puts it, “most rough sleepers don’t beg and most beggars aren’t rough sleepers”.

And this is why they often require different solutions.

In the case of begging, breaking a chaotic drug dependency is hard and the important first step is arrest referral – ie. the police referring beggars on to specialised support services.  The police approach to begging is inconsistent – with action often only coming after local pressure. For example, when West Midlands Police received over 1,000 complaints about street begging, a crackdown was launched. This is not the case everywhere, but only the police have the power to pick beggars up and start a process that can turn their lives around.

With drug-related deaths hitting record levels in England and Wales in recent years, combined with cuts to drug addiction services and a nine per cent cut to local authority health budgets over the next three years, all the conditions are in place for things to get a lot worse.

This week there will be an important homelessness debate in Parliament, as Bob Blackman MP's Homelessness Reduction Bill is due to come back before the House of Commons for report stage. This is welcome legislation, but until we start to properly distinguish the unique set of problems and needs that beggars have, I fear begging on the streets will increase.

Eighteen years ago, I was involved in a report called Drugs at the Sharp End, which called on the government to urgently review its drug strategy. Its findings were presented to the government’s drugs czar Keith Hellawell on Newsnight and there was a sense that the penny was finally dropping.

I feel we’ve gone backwards since then. Not just in the progress that has been undone through services being cut, but also in terms of general attitudes towards begging.

A Dickensian tolerance of begging demonstrates an appalling Victorian attitude that has no place in 21st century Britain. Do we really think it’s acceptable for our fellow citizens to live as beggars with no real way out? And well-meaning displays of “compassion” are losing touch with pragmatic policy. This well-intentioned approach is starting to become symptomatic of the shallow, placard-waving gesture politics of the left, which helps no one and has no connection to meaningful action.

If we’re going make sure begging has no place in modern Britain, then we can’t let misguided sentiment get in the way of a genuine drive to transform lives through evidenced-based effective policy.

Simon Danczuk is MP for Rochdale.