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Is it Gordon's troubled mind that refuses to let him sign the treaty?

Brown may miss EU treaty signing | UK Latest | Guardian Unlimited

Prime Minister Gordon Brown may miss out on signing the controversial EU reform treaty in Lisbon next week, Downing Street has said.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband, or Europe Minister Jim Murphy, would sign on the UK's behalf if Mr Brown was not able to be present.

The Prime Minister's date in Lisbon next Thursday clashes with a session before the Commons Liaison Committee,....

Now that is a pretty thin excuse, as a Scottish son of the Manse it strikes me that he wants to avoid being haunted as Macbeth was with a stain upon his hand
“Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood
Clean from my hand?
No; this my hand will rather
The multitudinous seas incarnadine,
Making the green one red”.

And I am sure he was raised on the history of the great Protestant Martyr
Thomas Cranmer, who famously proclaimed, and if we may substitute "the EU" for "the pope", appositely :

And now, added he, I come to the great thing, that so much troubleth my conscience more than any thing I ever did or said in my whole life; and that is the setting abroad a writing contrary to the truth, which I here now renounce as things written with my hand contrary to the truth which I thought in my heart, and written for fear of death, and to save my life if it might be; that is, all such bills and papers which I have written or signed with my hand since my degradation, wherein I have written many things untrue. And forasmuch as my hand offended, writing contrary to my heart, my hand shall first be punished; for, may I come to the fire, it shall be first burned. As for the pope, I refuse him, as Christ’s enemy and antichrist, with all his false doctrine.


I was heartened somewhat to read "Peers battle to defend Britain; attack EU ‘Reform’ Treaty" hoping still that the EU can be defeated and the Brussle Eurocrats reduced to smoking ash and rubble.

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