Mr Cameron’s “asks” were rejected, not because they were too great – but because it was he who made them. No other British prime minister of recent years would have had difficulty getting this package through. This was Gallic pay-back time for all that unwise Cameron lecturing – and sometimes worse – from the sidelines these last months. I suspect that if he had asked for a cup of tea, Sarkozy would not have lost the opportunity to refuse it. Not a statesmanlike reaction from Sarkozy to be sure; but a human one.
Beneath the tragedy of last Thursday night, lies a deeper and more disturbing fact than Sarkozy’s pique. Long years of anti-European prejudice from the Tory Eurosceptics, laced with downright insults from their supporting press, have now generated a growing anti-British prejudice in many European capitals, not just Paris.
So, err, they hate us, will not give us what we want simply ‘coz we is us and….therefore we should just do what they want.
Sounds a bit like being trapped in a bad marriage really: the solution to which is divorce not the doormat position.