Monday, June 23, 2008

Not his job description

David Cameron to Gordon Brown in the debate following the EU Summit on the Irish No --

said the PM could have "done the difficult thing and declared the treaty dead" or "the easy thing and join others in starting the process of bullying Ireland into a second referendum".

"Isn't it the case that in taking the latter path, you have let down the people of Ireland, you've let down Britain and you've let down Europe?" he asked Mr Brown

Once one overcomes the oddness of hearing a British Prime Minister being accused of letting down Ireland, it's important to remember (as Gordon obliquely pointed out) that it's Taoiseach Brian Cowen who is choosing to dodge the apparent implication of the Lisbon vote that the Treaty is dead.

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