Cameron pushing “stupid propaganda” over EU, say Poles in secret tape

A secret recording of a conversation between Polish MPs has revealed that they think David Cameron has “f***ed up” over his handling of the EU in his attempts to demand reform.

They accused Cameron of resorting to “stupid propaganda” in his efforts to restrict Britain’s EU migrant population’s access to state benefits.

The fall-out between Britain and Poland is significant. The two MPs are among the most Anglophile of all of Poland’s politicians. One of the Polish MPs, Radoslaw Sikorski, is said to be close to the Tories and was a member of Oxford University’s notorious Bullingdon Club at the same time as Boris Johnson.

The transcripts, published by Poland’s Wprost Magazine, are made up of two secret recordings. The magazine has not revealed the source of the tapes, but their authenticity has not yet been disputed.

Here are some of the most enlightening quotes, as reported by the Guardian:

Former Polish finance minister Jacek Rostowski, said that “no Polish government could agree” to Cameron’s benefit access renegotiation proposals, “except in return for a mountain of gold”.

Sikorski replies: “It’s either a very badly thought through move, or, not for the first time, a kind of incompetence in European affairs. Remember? He fucked up the fiscal pact. He fucked it up. Simple as that. He is not interested, he does not get it, he believes in the stupid propaganda, he stupidly tries to play the system.”

Rostowski then says: “His [Cameron’s] problem is that, is that isn’t his objective, just a short-term propaganda effect.”

Speaking about Cameron’s appeasement of British EU sceptics, Sikorski adds: “You know, his whole strategy of feeding them scraps in order to satisfy them is just as I predicted, turning against him; he should have said, fuck off, tried to convince people and isolate [the sceptics]. But he ceded the field to those that are now embarrassing him.”

The MPs also voice their concern over the possibility of Britain leaving the EU. Rostowski says that it would be “not especially good for us, generally bad for us, because we would like for Great Britain to stay. I think it’ll be the case that [Cameron] will lose the elections. Great Britain will leave.”

But he then adds that he thinks Britain will not close its borders to EU migration completely: “Once they do, they’ll keep open borders. Not for beggars […] in the sense that they won’t let in Gypsy beggars.”

Downing Street has released a statement saying that the Prime Minister will continue to stand up for British interests. A spokesman said: “It is for each national leader to stand up for what they believe is in their country’s interests and to be prepared to fight for their interests.

“That is exactly what the prime minister is doing when he makes clear, whether it is on the process for appointing the commission president or the need to tackle the abuse of free movement. That is in Britain’s national interests and he will fight for that.”

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