The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has today released a pro-European briefing outlining the minor renegotiations on Britain’s EU membership that it thinks would warrant staying in the EU. Titled “Unlocking the EU Free Movement Debate”, the document suggests small reforms in EU policy in five key areas are more than enough to stave off Brexit. Reform in our time indeed…
The IPPR however have omitted one tiny detail from their report: they are heavily funded by Europe. As Guido has previously reported, not only did they receive an €800,000 bung from EU in 2012, but their most recent accounts declare they received between £60,001 and £80,000 from the European Commission during 2014. So much for the “independent policy research” their mission statement boasts about.
On top of this, its former associate director is none other than Will Straw, an ardent Europhile who left the IPPR recently. To work as the Executive Director of Britain Stronger in Europe.
Given all this, Guido decided to give the report’s author a bell this afternoon to see if he could clarify the issue:
Guido: As far as I can see it doesn’t say anywhere in the report that the IPPR is funded by Europe.
Marley Morris: Yes, that’s correct, we’re not.
Guido: So you’re not funded by Europe?
Marley: Correct, we don’t receive any funding from Europe. Some people say we do, but we don’t.
Guido: But on your website it says you received between £60,001 and £80,000 from the European Commission during 2014.
Marley: Uhhh… Uhh… Oh yes… Uhh I think there was another project funded by… uhh… Europe that someone was… uhh… working on.
And people said “Marley and Me” wasn’t funny…