I ONLY hope that Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, didn’t intend to sound as arrogant as he did when he dismissed the views of the majority of Britons by saying that he had been talking about Euro membership to “the people who matter in Britain.”
Iain Dale and the Tories are having a field day with it, and you have to ask of Barroso: with friends like these…?
There is already a damaging disconnect between the British public and European institutions. The last thing we need is Mr Barroso reinforcing the view that Europe’s elite is dismissive of public opinion and will listen only to “the people that matter”.
Perhaps one of his aides should explain to him that, in a democracy, the people that matter includes everyone with the right to vote. Or that maybe he needs a new English-Portugese phrasebook.