Published in EUobserver, 27 May 2003
Following the British failure to score any points in theEurovision song contest at the weekend, I am waiting for the British government to insist thatthe contest has to “reform”. Plainly it has to modernise and become more flexible. Europeansinging is not yet run properly: that is the explanation of British failure.
The alternative possibility – that it is the British themselves that are at fault somehow – issurely implausible. After all, in the dream world of Westminster, Britain is leading in Europe.And to the extent that Britain is not in fact shaping Europe, the pretence otherwise must be maintained.
The inclusion or otherwise of the word “federal” in the European constitution is a case in point.
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