Brendan Keenan: Signs of EU division would present an awful dilemma
Published 22/12/2011 | 05:00
THE quotable quote of 2011 must go to the French diplomat who likened David Cameron's tactics at the EU summit as going to a wife-swapping party without your wife.
One shudders to think what would happen to an American official who said such a thing. But to continue a la Francais, even if Mr Cameron had nothing to offer, what did he fancy?
Nearly all of the comment focused on his desire to get protection for the London financial services sector in any changes in financial regulation. It is assumed that the idea of a tax on some financial transactions -- the so-called "Tobin tax" -- was uppermost in his mind.