Regular readers of this blog will know my views that I have always been pro-European in the sense of an open trading market for goods and services but I have hardened against increasing European bureaucracy and inefficiency, coupled with increasing demands for greater political union.
As an aside, the last couple of months, I have been travelling in both Northern and Southern Europe, and on a daily basis am reminded that European countries, their cultures and their people all are very different. I have a particularly vivid memory of a visit to the Austrian Parliament in Vienna and heard about debating in the heyday of the Austrian Hungarian Empire – each country’s representatives had their own colourful delaying tactic – the Italians would bring wine and food into the chamber, and generally make a lot of noise. It is ironical that the splendid Austrian Parliament building is modelled on the architecture of classical Greece.
Anyway, what do you think of John Redwood’s blog?