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Part of the issue here is that in the process of building the engine, we also shape the captain who crews it. All other things being equal, I agree that European integration is A Good Thing. But all other things are not necessarily equal, and anyway, I'm not among those you need to win over, because I'm already in favour of Lisbon - in fact, if I have a complaint, it is that Lisbon doesn't go far enough.
Austerity can only be implemented in the shadow of a concentration camp.
We could write an entire diary on the ship of state metaphor for constitutional reform. Most politicians are better suited for sailing boats as they just go wherever the wind blows tacking from left to right all the while. Blair fancied a luxury cruise liner with all his rich buddies on board. The neocons wanted a battle ship they could base their missiles on. I'd be happy with a hard working feighter keeping the economies ticking over - using solar/wind energy, of course!
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