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EU | Peter Brookes har inspirerats av Pieter Bruegel d.ä. på detta omslag. I hans version har jägaren Angela Merkel fällt den franska tuppen Nicolas Sarkozy.

Till vänster vid värdshuset The Totally Buggered håller premiärminister David Cameron och finansminister George Osborne sig varma genom att elda upp pundsedlar.

Men på ledarsidan ser The Spectator nu betydligt ljusare på framtiden sedan Cameron lagt in sitt veto mot ett nytt EU-fördrag.

David Cameron did not expect to spend Christmas being toasted as a conquering hero. The Prime Minister fully intended to sign a new EU Treaty that night in Brussels, subject to a modest condition that the City of London would be exempt from even further regulation. But the French refused him so much as a fig leaf, and Nicolas Sarkozy went off to cast Britain as the villain of the summit.


It could scarcely have ended better for the Prime Minister. He is aligned on this definitive issue not just with his own party but with the British public, who back his decision by a margin of four-to-one. This despite the Europhiles’ assertion that Britain is now somehow ‘isolated’ from the rest of Europe, and Nick Clegg’s striking claim that Britain would be a ‘pygmy’ on the world stage were it not under the union of states led by Herman Van Rompuy.


Indeed, rather than being ‘isolated’, Britain has scarcely ever been more integrated with the rest of Europe and the world. We have successfully absorbed 7.1 million immigrant workers, 12 per cent of our total workforce, without any of the far-right backlash seen on the continent.


What is easier to see is the insularity of the European Union. The whole project is about trying to pretend globalisation isn’t happening. Erecting trade barriers, slapping tariffs on Chinese goods, subsidising uncompetitive companies […] Europe emerged as a world power because it once consisted of hundreds of competing polities. Trying to kill competition between states now, with a ‘fiscal union’, will only accelerate its relative decline.

Övrigt: Tidskriftsomslaget är The Spectator, julnummret 2011, 17/24 december 2011.

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