Insulting the Public? examines the way in which the European Union and issues relating to it are represented to the public. Combining theoretical and empirical research, the text explores and provides an assessment of the performance of the British Press in its representation of the European Union in the period immediately preceding the General Election of 1997 and during the British presidency of the Union from January to June 1998.
Preface 1. The Press, Europe and questions of cultural identity 2. European Integration: the issues at stake 3. Euroscepticism in the British Press 4. The pro-European press 5. The British Presidency of the European Union, 1998 6. The Great Public Relations Disaster 7. Producers, consumers and users of information 8. Insulting the Public? Appendix I: SPEAKING is media discourse Appendix II: Tony Blair's speech to the French National Assembly (1998) Appendix III: William Hague's speech to the INSEAD Business School, Fontainebleau (1998) Bibliography Index