The Irish Times has an op-ed piece today by the Danish MEP Morten Messerschmidt (above), arguing for a No vote in the upcoming fiscal treaty referendum. Who is he?
Well, The Irish Times gives his byline as: ‘Morten Messerschmidt is a Danish MEP and a member of the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group in the European Parliament. He won his seat in the 2009 European election with 284,500 votes.’
This is very similar to his Wikipedia entry in English: ‘Morten Messerschmidt (born 13 November 1980) LL.M., is member of the European Parliament for the Danish People’s Party. He won his seat in a landslide in the 2009 elections with 284,500 personal votes.’
The crucial difference, of course, is that the IT byline omits his membership of the Danish People’s Party. Morten, of course, is not as bashful. Here he is expressing his affinity with Geert Wilders in a news clip concerning the ‘fear and anxiety’ that the DPP stokes among ‘Danish immigrants’. Starts at 1.40.