Monday, November 03, 2014


The diplomatic badinage flying between London, Berlin and Brussels is reaching new heights with the claim and counter claim concerning the UK and the renegotiation of its membership of the EU. Today we learn that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is not prepared to consider any changes to the free movement of EU `citizens` between EU countries, whereas UK Prime Minister Dave Cameron is pressing ahead with the misguided notion that such change is not only achievable and also crucial to Britain`s continued EU membership. 

In response, Frau Sauer, to give Mrs. Merkel her proper name, is shrugging her Teutonic shoulders and allegedly declaring that she would rather see Britain leave the EU than compromise the principle of free movement.   Seems like a  game of bluff and counter bluff as much as claim and counter claim and it remains to be seen who blinks first.

Somehow it reminds me of that memorable scene from Goldfinger, when British hero James Bond is tied to a table with a laser beam heading inexorably towards his nether regions.   The German villain, Auric Goldfinger, played with admirable menace by the late Gert Frobe, looks on dispassionately whilst Bond`s prospects appear to lessen as the laser creeps unerringly on its threatening journey. 

Bond says as coolly as he can, "So, you expect me to talk, Blofeld?"

"No, Mr. Bond.  I expect you to die!!"

Here it is:-

Today`s interpretation might go something like this:-

"So, Mrs. Merkel, you expect me to back down?"

"No, Mr. Cameron.  I expect you to obey!!"

1 comment:

Ray Turner said...

A memorable scene indeed Snopper, and all the better for picturing Cameron instead of Connery on the table...

I would actually be more than happy for Cameron to tell the EU to get stuffed during these negotiations, but I don't think he has the balls to do so. Clearly, it would bring down the UK Government, as Cleggy poodle and the rest of the Lib Dems would walk...