This article by Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian is well worth a read. Check it out!
I am not sure that I accept much of Freedland’s argument. It’s too rambling and unfocused for my taste. However, I agree with the conclusion that Cameron could have played the hand more effectively.
Personally, I would have focused on three aspects of this story.
Firstly, why did Cameron not know about the extra bill? Had it been suppressed by the Treasury? Or had it not yet got picked up in the accounts?
Secondly, how is it possible for the European Commission to ask for a revision? Unquestionably, there is a budgeting process? If extra costs are envisioned, clearly the normal practice is to propose corresponding cuts?
Thirdly, if there were to be any supplementary costs, certainly the whole bill should have been presented to Germany, whose austerity policies have caused the mounting crisis?