August 23 2014 Latest news:
Annabelle Dickson, Political Editor
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
These were just some of the responses to pictures of our current seven MEPs.
“Absolutely no idea.”
“I recognise that hair.”
“I feel like I saw him on something recently, but I have no idea who it is.”
“It’s familiar, I can’t think of the name.”
The results of the crude experiment showed that not a single person, randomly picked over the course of two hours, could name an Eastern region MEP.
I would suggest that the EU is not getting a particularly good return on its investment.
It spends millions of pounds on propaganda each year.
Indeed, many of the MEPs themselves employ their own publicity officers at the taxpayers’ expense.
We get no shortage of press releases from certain MEPs, some of them more interesting than others.
But it could also have something to do with the fact the East is a single constituency of nearly five million people covering six counties and 58 Westminster seats.
Even if they wanted to get around and knock on all the doors, they would struggle.