World At One

Peter Mandelson was interviewed by Mark Mardell about a pro-EU speech he had given that morning. Apart from repeating many of the discredited and disporoved facts about the EU/UK relationship, Mandelson made many references to Britain’s ‘privileged’ access ot the EU single market. At no point did Mark Mardell challenge what exactly was meant by ‘privileged’ access, and even I, as a layman, would have linked this to the 55 million pounds per day that the UK pays to be part of the EU! Many other countries in the world have access to the single market so this is hardly privileged!. Mandelson was given a free and easy ride throughout the interview with only one or two weak and half-hearted interventions by Mardell.

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