Wednesday, 23 January 2008

EU Treaty - William Hague rips into Gordon Brown (Amendment Bill).

The following is a section from William Hague's speech to the house on the EU (amendment) Bill. William had the whole House in stitches. I'm still trying to get a video of it, and I'll post it if I do. UPDATE: Harry Hook has posted the video over on The Final Redoubt.
To see how the post of a permanent President of the European Council could evolve is not difficult even for the humblest student of politics, and it is, of course, rumoured that one Tony Blair may be interested in the job. If that prospect makes us uncomfortable on the Conservative Benches, just imagine how it will be viewed in Downing street! I must warn Ministers that having tangled with Tony Blair across the Dispatch Box on hundreds of occasions, I know his mind almost as well as they do. I can tell them that when he goes off to a major political conference of a centre-right party and refers to himself as a socialist, he is on manoeuvres, and is busily building coalitions as only he can.

We can all picture the scene at a European Council sometime next year. Picture the face of our poor Prime Minister as the name "Blair" is nominated by one President and Prime Minister after another: the look of utter gloom on his face at the nauseating, glutinous praise oozing from every Head of Government, the rapid revelation of a majority view, agreed behind closed doors when he, as usual, was excluded. Never would he more regret no longer being in possession of a veto: the famous dropped jaw almost hitting the table, as he realises there is no option but to join in. And then the awful moment when the motorcade of the President of Europe sweeps into Downing street. The gritted teeth and bitten nails: the Prime Minister emerges from his door with a smile of intolerable anguish; the choking sensation as the words, "Mr President", are forced from his mouth. And then, once in the Cabinet room, the melodrama of, "When will you hand over to me?" all over again.
William Hague 21 Jan 2008


Anonymous said...

Harsh, but very fair.

Anonymous said...

Last time I visited (daily using RSS)
I googled, I think, Hague and Commons, up it came on You Tube.

I'm lazy! It's there.


Daily Referendum said...


Tried that and I still can't find the bloody thing. If you find it again please let me know. Cheers.

The Grumbler said...

I have always thought of the Foreign brief as one requiring one of the sharpest minds in politics. It's a difficult balance of policy, history, and many other very complex issues. Glad to see someone as bright as Hague is ready to take it on. He's not a bad speaker either, is he? Great speech.

Anonymous said...

Steve ...sorry mate looks like I pipped you to the post on the Hague video ...and ...thanks for the Mystery Tour link