If the likes of Brogan would care to just take a few steps to "the other place" (they'll still be inside the bubble!) they would find a truer picture of what is actually Tory policy on Europe. It is voiced so blatantly in the Lords I wonder why no one seems to hear it?http://www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?id ... .7#g1633.3
Lord Liddle (Labour) [addressing Lord Howell of Guildford (Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Conservative)]:
"My Lords, the Minister assures us today, as he has throughout the passage of the European Union Bill in this House, that this is a pro-EU Government. Will he now persuade his Prime Minister to make for the first time a major speech explaining our interdependence with the European Union and the eurozone, and how the stability of our banks and our prospects for economic growth depend on it, instead of saying that we simply will not pay a penny? Is it not time that the Government started to fly the flag for our membership of the European Union in a real sense when they talk to the media in this country?"
Weasel Howell of Guildford in reply:
"I do not know where the noble Lord has been these past few days. My right honourable friend the Prime Minister needs no persuading and has made his position absolutely clear. As he pointed out in the other place the other day, the conclusion statement from the last European Council meeting included, at his behest, the crucial words:
'All necessary measures fully consistent with international standards must be rapidly taken to address any possible banking vulnerabilities brought to light by these stress tests',
and by the developments over the situation in Greece. My right honourable friend is perfectly well aware of the vital importance of maintaining economic stability in Europe and the recovery of the economies in difficulties. No persuasion is required."