Cameron’s Post-It Test
Philip Collins is good in The Times today (pay wall) about the speech on Europe that David Cameron has advertised but not yet given. The latest Westminster briefing is mid-January, but if he knows what to say, why not say it?
The speech has not been written because it cannot be written. There is nothing the Prime Minister can say because every argument he might make is blocked.
My essential piece of equipment when I wrote speeches for Tony Blair was a Post-It Note. Ted Sorensen, JFK’s writer, once told me that if you can’t get the basic point on to a Post-It Note, then you don’t know what it is. And if you don’t know what the basic point is, then it’s not your words that are blocked, it’s your brain.
Collins observes of Cameron:
It is not obvious that there is any shared point between what his backbench MPs want and what his European counterparts are prepared to allow.
And his conclusion is definitive:
Tagged in: david cameron, europe, euroscepticism
Mr Cameron’s own view of Europe is a scepticism that shares a border with hostility. But the struggle over the Europe speech is alerting him to a deep flaw in his thinking. He doesn’t have a policy on Europe.
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