The Foreign Secretary said relations with the EU were crucial and had been neglected under the previous [government].OK, I asked gleefully, who said that? The Boss thought for a moment and said tentatively: John Major. No, I said even more gleefully, it was William Hague this morning. The full quote was:
Th[is government] has worked constructively with its European partners, surprising those who had expected a strongly Eurosceptic stance, he added.
The Foreign Secretary said relations with the EU were crucial and had been neglected under the previous 13 years of Labour rule.He then told us how he was going to make Britain's role in the EU a success:
The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has worked constructively with its European partners, surprising those who had expected a strongly Eurosceptic stance, he added.
"It is mystifying to us that the previous government failed to give due weight to the exercise of British influence in the EU," Hague said in the speech.That is it, ladies and gentlemen. We shall have more British eurocrats and all our problems will just simply roll away.
"They neglected to ensure that sufficient numbers of bright British officials entered EU institutions, and so we now face a generation gap developing in the British presence in parts of the EU," he said.
The number of British officials at director level in the EU Commission had fallen by a third since 2007 and Britain was sharply under-represented at junior official level, he said. "We are determined to put this right," he said.
Can anyone tell me why I might be wrong when I maintain that this man is going to be the most disastrous Foreign Secretary for a long time?