Developments in British Politics 5 by Patrick Dunleavy, Andrew Gamble, Ian Holliday, Gillian Peele

By Patrick Dunleavy, Andrew Gamble, Ian Holliday, Gillian Peele

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Tabloid caricatures of a jackbooted German Chancellor, Helmut Kohl, and openly racist headlines as Britain prepared to meet Germany in the 1996 European football championships led the President of the Confederation of British Industry, Sir Brian Nicholson, to lament ' this pungent atmosphere of romantic nationalism and churlish xenophobia' (Financial Times, 25/26 May 1996) . Conservative Eurosceptics claimed that they were 'internationalists' at heart. Yet, the writings of John Redwood , twice a Eurosceptic challenger for the party's leadership in 1995-7, were perhaps illustrative of his and his followers' attention to the world beyond British shores.

However, the UK's unique sense of national identity made it harder for her than for other member states to come to terms with questions which EU membership inevitably posed about national independence and political legitimacy. Under the second Major govern- 32 Britain, Europe and the World ment, the British response to these questions often comprised defensive, muscle-bound arguments about the sanctity and superiority of its domestic institutions. The problem is by no means a new one . In the view of one longtime British ambassador, the decision of the UK not to join new European institutions in the early post-war period was its biggest strategic mistake of the late twentieth century.

Blair's style is quite different from Major's loosely coordinated government, with Number 10 being more activist in concerting policy and setting priorities, especially for the legislative programme. Departmental reorganizations have brought Transport and Environment back together, as they were originally in the 1970s, and there is a clear push behind long-term welfare state reform, notably in Frank Field's appointment at the Department of Social Security. Cook at the Foreign Office issued a long-term 'mission statement', stressing relations with Europe and apparently downplaying relations with the USA.

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