Jesus, read the parliamentary debate and weep.http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/blog ... -live-blog
Labour's Jack Straw says EU leaders had a draft conclusion before them last week. What are the paragraph numbers of the clauses that would damage Britain? And can Cameron confirm that the treaty would not have affected the qualified majority voting rules affecting financial regulation.
Cameron says his judgement was that a new treaty was more of a threat to Britain than an inter-governmental agreement.
Which bit, you bullshitter?
John Redwood, the Tory Eurosceptic, congratulates Cameron on the outcome of the summit. He says that Labour was too willing to give in.
Give in to what? What do you think Cameron's stopped happening?
Peter Lilley, the former Conservative cabinet minister, says that in Europe, it is best to set out your position in advance and then stick to it.
Cameron says he agrees.
Try the same with the USA some time.
Bill Cash, the Conservative Eurosceptic, says Cameron exerted all his influence to protect Britain. To adapt Pitt's phrase, does he believe Europe will learn from his example?
You've been waiting for this for 40 years. And this is the best point you can come up with?
Labour's Sir Stuart Bell asks what Cameron is doing to help the eurozone.
Cameron says he does not think Britain should be helping Greece. But Britain is a generous country. It has lent £5bn to Ireland.
Was the question about helping Greece?
Bernard Jenkin, a Conservative, says that despite what the BBC says, Cameron's move has the support of the public.
Funny, didn't hear much about how popular Lansley's health reforms were. Popularity be that important then. And bonus point for the BBC bashing.
Andrea Leadsom, a Conservative, says Labour do not understand the importance of financial services.
Yeah, can't remember Gordon Brown saying anything suggesting the City was important.
Nadine Dorries, a Conservative, accuses Nick Clegg of cowardice for not turning up in the Commons today.
Cameron says it's best not to antagonise your coalition partners.
Fuck off, Dorries. You didn't win the election. You got that yet?
Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Conservative, says that Cameron is the toast of Somerset because he stood up for free markets and democracy.
You got any farmers in your constituency? No doubt you impress on them all the time the need for the need to give up subsidies and embrace the free market.
Nicholas Soames, a Conservative, says some businesses in his constituency are concerned about what happened. Will Cameron reassure them that Britain will continue to play a key role in the EU?
Cameron says Britain's role in the EU is unchanged.
Shit almost a proper question from a Tory.
Labour's Kate Hoey says a majority of Labour voters support what Cameron did. Shouldn't Britain be more internationalist?
Cameron says he has great sympathy with this view. Britiain should be restoring its links with other parts of the world.
Cross the floor, you maverick bore. And the old "we need to concentrate on the rest of the world" lark. Because the EU stops you doing that, doesn't it?
Sir Robert Smyth, a Lib Dem MP, asks if last week's decision will make it easier or harder for Britain to secure changes to EU regulations affecting the North Sea.
Cameron says it should not make any difference.
As long as no foreigners the old "bulldog" stuff, eh?
Labour's Stephen Timms says Britain will be absent when EU financial regulations are drawn up in the future.
Cameron says that's wrong. The new group will not be able to take decisions that cut across the existing EU treaties, he says
Tell us about that thing you just mentioned about clearing banks and the Euro.
Peter Bone, a Conservative, tells one of his traditional "Mrs Bone" jokes. The efforts of Cameron on Thursday night gave her great pleasure, he says.
Cameron says he's pleased.
Chris Heaton-Harris, a Conservative, says that, given how much Britain contributes to the EU, it should become more like the trade unions in their relationship with Labour - and demand more for their money.
New Labour, party of the unions! Twat. Maybe Merkel can demand more, seeing she pays more, eh?
Labour's Willie Bain asks if Cameron has more or fewer allies in Europe now.
Cameron says he has a huge number of allies in Europe, not least because of the 27 countries around the table, only four are run by socialists.
Ya boo! Those conservatives Merkal and Sarko didn't look very happy.