Sir Humphrey on Europe
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Well, I'm afraid that the identity card bill is planned to be the last action of this department. Wonderful ammunition for the anti-Europeans. Doesn't the Foreign Office realize what damage this will do to the European idea? Well, I'm sure they do. That's why they support it. Surely the Foreign Office is pro-Europe, isn't it? Yes and no, if you forgive the expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe, because it is really anti-Europe. The Civil Service was united in its desire to make sure that the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it. What are you talking about? Minister, Britain has had the same foreign policy objective for at least the last five hundred years: To create a disunited Europe. In that course, we have fought with the Dutch against the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, ... with the French and Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Germans and Italians. Divide and rule, you see. Why should we change now, when it's worked so well? Ancient history, surely. And current policy. We had to break the whole thing up, so we had to get inside. We tried to break it up from the outside, but that wouldn't work. Now that we are inside, we can make a complete pig's breakfast of the whole thing. Set the Germans against the French, the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... The Foreign Office is terribly pleased. It's just like old times. Surely, we're committed to the European ideal... Really, Minister? If not, why are we pressing for an increase in the membership? Well, for the same reason. It's just like the United Nations, in fact. The more members it has, the more arguments it can stir up... ...the more futile and impotent it becomes. Appalling cynicism. Yes. We call it diplomacy, Minister.
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