The Corner

Continental Drift

Over at the Guardian Jonathan Freedland celebrates the intervention of a US diplomat in Britain’s EU debate.  The most interesting about the article is its tone, not least the almost exultant way in which Freedland quotes this story:

The US is not the only big player to grow cold at the prospect of a go-it-alone Britain. The story is told of Gordon Brown dining in Beijing with his Chinese counterpart, who asked a pointed question: “The future is continental – China, America, Europe – which continent will Britain be with?” Brown offered the New Labour bromide about Britain as a bridge between the US and EU, but Wen Jiabao made the point again: the future is continental, Britain would have to choose.

Eurasia? Eastasia? Oceania?

Orwell weeps. 

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