Well that is how we were spun to believe it would be when British Prime Minister, David Cameron MP came to Strasbourg to speak to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. As with most things it wasn’t like that at all. It was my belief that it was actually more a case of he came here and said what he had to in order to not be in bad faith with what he has said in the UK about the European Court of Human Rights. That of course is being done to throw some red anti-European meat to the barking anti-Europeans in his party.
I was there and listened to the speech and to Mr Cameron then answer questions from members of the Assembly. You can read it if you follow this link, CoE Camo2012, together with the question and answer session that followed the speech. The pictures show the Prime Minister making the speech and then taking questions in the hemicycle of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. As I tweeted then I was not impressed with the speech, for the reasons given above about it being him talking to Daily Mail readers in the UK and because I thought there were factual and logical mistakes in the text. After the talk about the achievements of Winston Churchill, which include playing a part in the construction of the Council of Europe, and work to promote democracy, human rights and rule of law in Europe after the Second World War, it was a rather shameful speech from someone who would be a statesman. 3/10 Should do better or to put a more modern way, #speechfail