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"Buff" Hoon - will he answer the question?

Neil Herron

Press Release:Immediate

The People's No Campaign
20th July 2006

"Anti-EU Campaign Group throws down the 'Martini Debate' Gauntlet to the Minister for Europe...
'anytime, anyplace, anywhere!'

The North East based Anti-EU Campaign group, The People's No Campaign, today threw down the gauntlet to Minister for Europe, Geoff Hoon. At a recent event in the North East organised by Sovereign Strategy ( CEO Alan Donnelly, former Labour MEP) on behalf of the North East Economic Forum he stated that he wished to "re-establish the link between the big issues and the EU in the eyes of the public." He went on to say that what he wanted to see was "an adult debate on the substance on what the EU is about so that people can decide for themselves."

NOTE TO EUROSCEPTIC ORGANISATIONS:
Should your members wish to make the request personally to Geoff Hoon for details of where and when the adult debate on the EU will take place then he can be contacted at waltersa@parliament.uk
I am sure that you will also wish to point out to the letters pages of the local and national press that the new Minister for Europe is keen to engage the people.

Comments

Hopefully people will soon realise that comments such as "we want to see an adult debate on the substance on what the EU is about so that people can decide for themselves." is nothing more than spin. Where is this long promised silver bullet that will suddenly open everyone's eyes to the wonder of closer integration?

The Government's pro European spokesmen have been trotting out that line for years. Yet where is that debate? They never counter any assertions made by the people opposing further assimilation because they cannot argue the points made. They just slink away and say it is time there was a debate about it.

Dogma over substance once again I'm afraid.

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