EURO MPS want to brainwash children with “sinister” Soviet-style propaganda on a new website, it was claimed yesterday.
European Parliament chiefs are considering setting up a site to target young children with a “playful” presentation of their working methods and democratic principles.
It adds to concern highlighted by the Daily Express about educational materials produced for schools by the European Commission that critics claim are a bid to make children feel positive about the EU.
UK Independence Party deputy leader Paul Nuttall MEP said: “A European Parliament website targeted at children really is a step too far.
“It is a sinister development so reminiscent of the totalitarian regime of Soviet Russia. The EU clearly wants to use your taxes to brainwash your kids.
EU institutions already spend over £2billion a year on ‘communications’ but this exercise in funding kiddie propaganda really is cash for EU trash.
“Our children need to be protected from this type of political propaganda because they are vulnerable and easily manipulated. Of course, that is the reason they are being cynically targeted by the European Parliament.”
Claiming it was another example of the EU involving itself in policy that is meant to be the preserve of national governments, Mr Nuttall added: “We have seen a profusion of cartoons, comics, schoolbooks and videos from the EU which are aimed at our children and are obvious propaganda.
“People should be aware of this and prevent this stuff coming into their homes and their children’s school. Political propaganda on vulnerable kids is a form of child abuse.”
The website proposal is part of the European Parliament’s 2011?14 communication strategy.
The proposal document reads: “Research has shown the social and political perception of young people starts at a very early age.
“In a playful manner which is tailored to the needs of young internet users, a special Europarl website could bring democratic principles and the working of the methods of the European Parliament closer to children.”
Targeting children has been identified as a priority because of the low turnout in the 2009 European elections.
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