Richard Cottrell
End the Lie

December 20, 2011

One of the things that one learns from any deep immersion in the affairs of the European Union is the power of theatrics.

Margaret Thatcher used to play them marvelously. “I want my money back,” she would holler back in the early 1980s, on the grounds that the UK overpaid for membership of the Euro Club, compared to the other big shots like France and Germany.

She got a long running refund, or rebate as it is formally known, which staggers on to this day.

But it was never about the “refund,” It was all about playing with the anti-EU gallery in the British Conservative Party.

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