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The labour government has yet to grow out of the complacent view that simply by not being the Tories, Brussels is just panting to acclaim them as the answer to Europe’s prayers. Roger Liddle of No 10’s policy unit breezed through the other day, expecting gratitude for the usual clich?s about Britain now being at the heart of Europe. Stephen Wall, Britain’s perm-rep (Eurospeak for Ambassador to the EU), gave him a lunch, fielding most of the top Brits in the commission and a couple of tame foreigners. Poor Roger squirmed plumply under the unexpected roasting. He claimed Britain was…

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