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Commission insiders are preening themselves that they have broken the code of New Labour-and found it just like the old one. They are particularly amused by what they regard as Labour’s innocence in the ways of Brussels. When David Williamson retired from the key job of secretary-general of the commission, Britain demanded-and got-two director-general (DG) jobs in compensation. Against the advice of their Brussels hands, Robin Cook and Doug Henderson, his minister for Europe, decided to pick the two do-gooding departments of environment and development. They could have fought, as other nations do and as wily old Leon Brittan urged,…

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