"The system is set up in such a way - with [the] IGC (Inter-Governmental Council) and unanimity - as to prevent reform. As does even one vote prevent the EU constitution being adopted, so would one vote (from, say, Luxembourg) prevent any dilution of the sacred religion of European Integration so espoused by that strange cult, the "Europeans" (may peace and harmonisation be with them). As I indicated in the latest post, the European Union is a belief system. You cannot reform a belief system - you can only destroy it or let it wither away through lack of use."
The inestimable Richard North, explaining why David Cameron's proposal to reform the EU won't work...
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"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