What does the EU do best? Blame others and grab power.Cameron is left clinging to the diaphonous protection of six opaque words,
That is the only sensible conclusion to be drawn from the European Commission's intention to press on with its insistence on scrutinising national governments' budget plans, including that of Britain.
Mr Cameron has grandly declared that Britain would not allow Brussels first sight of the budget and that proposed hefty sanctions against countries breaching deficit and debt limits set by the EU must apply only to the single currency member states.He knows, we know, everybody knows how much weight those words really have, but sadly, for now most of the media have bought the line.
But don't hold your breath, because he is relying on six flimsy words of the summit statement - "taking account of national budgetary procedures" - to get him off the hook.
And when reality breaks? They will be shocked I tell you, after all nobody could have realised what the EU meant.