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Making oneself a hostage to fortune

An object lesson from a petitioner at the No 10 site:

"We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to take the Euro-sceptics on by embracing the core concepts of the European Union and the friendship of the peoples of Europe, and to publicly advocate a pro-European course".

And the gloss: "The debate on the European Union is dominated by Euro Sceptics with irrational and xenophobic beliefs. This is unreflective of public opinion and must be addressed".

Unreflective, eh? Not on the basis of published polling done at the EU's behest. And the amusing bit is that he's all alone in putting his name to this petition.

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