Friday, May 13, 2005


Picture the scene, you have been working very late, or should I say very early, and you wander into a bar. It is packed and people near the door are swaying, waving their hands in the air and singing “Vivay Espania” and “Ere we go, ere we go, ere we go”. They are fat, late middle aged, and shiny from sweat.
Then you realise that they are Elmar Brok, one eyed chairman of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Inigo Mendez de Vigo, Marquess and co-author of the European Constitution report in the EP, Jean-Luc Dehaene, former Prime Minister of Belgium and Vice chairman of the Constitutional Convention, Camiel Eurlings leader of the Dutch Christian Democrats.

They were, I think celebrating voting against their own whip and in favour of ending all opt outs on the working time directive. It fair put me off my beer.

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