"If I were Turkish, I would be against EU membership," claims Tory MP and self-confessed Turcophile Daniel Hannan.
Hannan's column in the Telegraph lambasts the EU for its shoddy mistreatment of Turkey as it bids for membership, and suggests membership is actually the last thing Turkey needs:
Turkey is a dynamic country with – in marked contrast to the EU – a young population. The last thing it needs is the 48-hour week, the Common Agricultural Policy, the euro and the rest of the apparatus of Brussels corporatism. Why tie yourself to a shrinking part of the world economy when you have teeming new markets to your east? Why submit to rule by people who barely trouble to hide their contempt for you?