Fraser Nelson, writing on the Coffee House, has unearthed some interesting graphs from Eurobarometer which show the proportion who think that their country's membership of the EU is a good thing; the proportion who think their country has benefited from EU membership; the proportion who tend to trust the EU; the net positive image of the EU; and the proportion who think the EU is best placed to regulate financial markets.
As Nelson explains, these polls are the largest in the world, being conducted simulataneously in all Member States by the EU Commission. I can but echo Nelson when he writes:
"I've always found it strange that Euroscepticism is caricatured as a fringe, minority position when the polling evidence is so overwhelming.......What most jumps out at me is that only 29 per cent of us think EU membership is "a good thing " — and yet 100 per cent of Westminster parties regard it as a good thing. Whatever you may think about Europe, there is a measurable gulf here between the views of the people and the MPs.
It is often said that we could elect a load of monkeys or robots to represent our views under the current system of democracy - oh, hang-on...............................