July 1, 2005


A DIFFERENT ENDING TO EUROPE'S SCRIPT (Lord Lamont of Lerwick, June 30, 2005, Financial Times)

Nine years ago on a train I had a chance conversation with Tony Blair about Europe. He concluded: "The thing is, you have to get in there, be as constructive as possible, and they will come round to our way of thinking." I was astonished by this apparent naivety and replied: "I have seen this film before and I know the ending."

I hope the UK prime minister will forgive me for breaking this confidence. But I want to say that I was wrong. His recent poisonous exchanges with Jacques Chirac may sound like previous British failed attempts at constructive engagement in Europe. But this film is different and has not yet ended.

Indeed, even many who grasped Mr. Blair's essential conservatism misunderstood his position on Europe.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 1, 2005 10:13 AM
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