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I may not always trust the Captain, but I would like my ship to have an engine and a rudder regardless. The Captain we can always change if he messes up - but designing a ship without engine and rudder adequate to navigate the shifting tides and currents of history is asking for trouble.
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I believe you should see it as some sort of Venice Doge Republic, rather than a copy of the US constitution. the MEP would be some kind of "Grand conseil" or "Conseil des 40" for Europe.
It shouldn't be dismissed.
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.
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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