Did I miss something Caroline Flint said or did?
She was on the threshold of the Cabinet, in the important job of Europe Minister. Her goverment’s policy is to join the Euro in due course, to ratify Lisbon and to increase the powers and common purposes of the Union. I never recall her hinting she disagreed with any of this onward march to federalism. She never one hinted she wanted a change of policy.
In which case, where were the important and influential speeches to try to persuade a Eurosceptic UK that we needed this rash of extra Euro governent and centalisation? Where were the attempts to shift public opinion in her direction?Why did more and more people decide to vote Eurosceptic during her time as Europe Minister?
And when it came to standing up for the UK’s interests, by blocking unwanted laws and amending or repealing undesirable ones, when did she ever change anything for the better?
I accept that competence is often not a requirement for office in this government, but I do not see that she ever made a case for a more senior post by anything she did or said.