Dead Men Left

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Mandelson: sudden unexpected admission

If you've ever struggled through, with gritted teeth, The Blair Revolution, you'll know why any airing of Peter Mandelson's more profound thoughts about politics is best avoided. Here, though, is sudden moment of clarity in his post mortem for the EU constitution:

It was a vote against the idea of European integration, [the British Eurosceptics] say. Well actually it wasn't. In France, many on the left voted against the treaty because for them it didn't integrate enough. It didn't in their view build the kind of protectionist social Europe that they imagine, falsely in my view, would be a strong shield against globalisation.

If Mandelson can admit that French left defeated the constitution, can the rest of the pro-constitution left in Britain please get the heads round the idea?