Saturday, 29 March 2008

The Week in Westminster

This Radio 4 programme, insufficiently noticed I feel, is usually good value. Today the presenter was the excellent Peter Riddell (why do we see so little of him on the telly, incidentally?) who did a longish interview with Sir David Manning about the UK's relationship with France in light of the Sarkozy visit. He made the sensible point that, contrary to the usual assumption, it is in Britain's interests for France and Germany to get on well with each other, as well as each with the UK.

It's a refreshing change to hear intelligent discussion about the EU instead of the usual small-minded Europhobic nonsense.

I also enjoyed Alan Beith being airily dismissive of Jack Straw's damp squib of a constitutional reform package.

If you missed the programme you can listen to it here.

No comments: