Within a month of becoming Conservative party leader, David Cameron should have fulfilled his promise to remove Conservative MEPs from the integrationist European People's Party.
And the reasons for joining UKIP MEPs in the Independence and Democracy Grouping of the European Parliament just got a whole lot better...
"Once back here I got to thinking - 'how do I get out of this?' Perhaps the really haunting spectre is that I would have to turn my back on the lake, and the prospect of the sword." Alan Clark, Diaries - 19th May 1999