Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 10:47 am
The Telegraph’s Daniel Hannan reviews the European Union’s history of child propaganda:
Who can forget Let’s Draw Europe Together, in which young readers are invited to colour in such phrases as “Europe – my country”? For older children, there is Captain Euro, a square-jawed superhero whose mission “to uphold the EU’s values” brings him into conflict with the villainous – and for some reason Jewish-looking – Dr D. Vider, who plots “to divide Europe and create his own empire”.
My favourite is Troubled Waters, possibly the silliest thing ever published by the EU. Troubled Waters is a Tintin-style cartoon strip – except that, in place of the drippy Belgian reporter, we get a sexy MEP as the heroine. Among the lines of dialogue are: “You can laugh! Wait until you’ve seen my amendments to the commission proposal!” and, “I seem to spend my whole life on the train between Brussels and Strasbourg, but I’d hate to have to choose between mussels and chips and Strasbourg onion tart!”
Incredibly, the EU’s youth-friendly campaign (“Wait until you’ve seen my amendments to the commission proposal!”) hasn’t worked:
You’d have thought that, what with all the propaganda being lobbed their way, young people would be better disposed towards European integration than their elders. You’d be wrong.
Read on for details.