You don't call MPs bureaucrats so stop calling MEPs Eurocrats
A recent piece in the Daily Express might have led you to believe that one of the leading MEPs is not an elected office holder, but an unelected bureaucrat. Our Head of Office, Björn Kjellström, responded to the misleading report by writing to the paper. As we are eagerly awaiting a reply from the Express, we thought we would let you see the letter and the real story behind the headline.
The article Eurocrat who wants EU SUPERSTATE reveals intention to run for Parliament's presidency is wrong on a point of fact about the head of the Socialist group in the European Parliament, Mr Gianni Pittella.
Mr Pittella is no more a "Eurocrat" than Theresa May or Boris Johnson are Whitehall bureaucrats. He is a directly elected member of the European Parliament, the EU's legislature. He does not hold his position by appointment or inheritance, nor is he a civil servant. You do not have to like him or his politics. But he is where he is because the electorate put him there. That's how parliamentary systems work.