If you’re trying to shake off accusations of being a communist throwback and of spearheading a soviet-style EU, then it may be wise to steer clear of Little-Red-Bookisms.
Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, European Commission pomme de terre, has spent much of his tenure playing down his Maoist revolutionary past. That chapter of his life has presented critics such as shouty eurosceptic MEP Nigel Farage with something of an open goal for youtubable soundbyte soapboxing.
With that in mind, was it therefore wise of Bozo to borrow from some of Mao Zedong’s most (in)famous rhetoric when talking of his vision for the future of Europe today?
It’s only a small semantic leap from Mao’s 1958 flagship “Great Leap Forward” to Barroso’s “Big Leap Forward” today.
And it’s now only a matter of time until someone latches on to the commission’s ‘banking union’ plans as a communist ‘collectivisation’ of Europe’s financial industries.
Keep your eyes on UKIP’s youtube channel, and the Daily Telegraph message boards.
*hums the ‘Internationale’*