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Monday, June 14, 2004

European Elections

It is strange how these results are spun. The Liberal Democrats have increased their vote share by over 2% and gained two MEPs and yet all the media want to talk about is how humiliated we must be to have come fourth behind UKIP. The fact is that UKIP only did so well because the Tories and Labour did so disastrously. The two main parties saw their votes leach away to UKIP whilst the Liberal Democrats gained ground - the only mainstream party to do so. If this is humiliation then we need some more of it - bring it on!

Meanwhile, those seeking greater integration may find a salutary warning in England's opening game in the European Championship. As UKIP may say, 'we are not going to play ball until Europe learns to let England win again!' Only kidding.

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