FT on Europe: Us vs Them
How many articles have been published by the FT about Europe and Brexit? How many hours of podcasts and video? Yet, for a newspaper that likes to think of itself as being truly international and global, its perspective in all of those articles and podcasts is always extremely British (more specifically English) and unforgivingly insular. In all of those discussions about Europe, FT journalists and editors seem to completely forget two very important things: the first is that they too are supposed to be European, but let’s drop that false pretence, the FT journalists have always written in an extremely “us and/vs them” fashion, “us” being the British, and “them” being Europeans, so much so that I couldn’t call any of them European when they all seem to see themselves as being so separate and superior to “them”. In a recent Brexit podcast there is literal sniggering about europeans. The second thing FT journalists and editors are forgetting is the European perspective in all of those discussions about Europe. Nowhere is this more apparent than in articles and podcasts about Brexit, in which the FT completely forgets that Brexit is a discussion between the UK and Europe, which becomes particularly curious considering the size of the EU when compared to the UK. You write and talk about what is best for London and the UK, you hope for a good outcome for London as a financial centre even if it comes at a cost for Europe, you talk about the consequences of Brexit for the UK, you talk about what you seem to think are one sided decisions that your government can make regarding Brexit, completely ignoring “them”, the Europeans, or just finish by saying “but the Europeans might not go for this”. You seem to compare the integrity of the European Union and the Single Market to religious fanaticism when it and its institutions is what keeps Europe united, talking, making decisions and compromises together. Where is Europe in all of these articles and hours and hours of podcasts? Nowhere. Insular, one-sided journalism, a nationalistic perspective, one that favours remaining in the EU, yes, but nationalistic and insular nevertheless. So, the FT either needs to drop the hypocritical pretence of being a newspaper with a global perspective when it can’t even manage to be European, or hire some of “them”, some Europeans, never mind their nationality, who can help the FT and its staff expand what they think of as “us”. If more people in the UK were capable of that we wouldn’t all be in this mess. A decade long FT premium subscriber.
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