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Wild claims

On 14 June 2009 the Irish Independent reported that Margot Wallstrom, European Commissioner for Communication, said during a visit to Dublin that the Lisbon Treaty would “encourage” affordable childcare in the EU.

A question was tabled to her in the European Parliament, by Syed Kamall MEP, asking the simple question:

“Can you please clarify which articles in the Lisbon Treaty will encourage affordable childcare in the EU?”

The question was tabled in order to deliver a response mid-September at the latest. However, having delayed this far, our Commissioner for “Communication” has, at a minute to midnight today declared her response will only be ready on 6 October, conveniently after the Irish referendum has already taken place.

So this completely unsubstantiated, nonsense claim from the politician we pay good money to communicate the Lisbon Treaty is allowed to stay just as it is, with no explanation.

We’re reminded of The Economist column last week which described Wallstrom as “a Swede whose ‘kum-bay-yah’ approach grated with colleagues”. It’s grating with us a bit too.

If you haven’t already checked it out you should have a look at her here on Newsnight after the last Irish referendum, when she failed spectacularly to explain what on earth people are supposed to do to reject this Treaty, since voting no is clearly not enough.

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