Hogan's EU challenge to May simply adds to political intrigue
Theresa May is clearly no Maggie Thatcher. But she may be trying to emulate the iconic 'Iron Lady' with a much-trailed speech due to be given in the Italian city of Florence this coming Friday.
A whole generation of EU watchers will remember Mrs Thatcher making a landmark speech in the beautiful Belgian city of Bruges almost 30 years ago. On September 20, 1988, at the College of Europe, she delivered her most significant ever speech about Europe in which she insisted that developments must be mainly confined to inter-country co-operation rather than any kind of federalism.
Interestingly she was equally insistent that Britain must stay within the then-European Community. "Britain's destiny is in Europe, as part of the community," Mrs Thatcher said emphatically. History teaches us that none of the other EU leaders of the day - including then-Taoiseach Charlie Haughey - sided with her.