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        Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
        proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
        the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
        anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
        how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
        'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
        This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
        that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
        'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
        expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
        anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
        sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
        This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
        basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
        policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
        disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
        the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
        Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
        and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
        Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
        In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
        reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
        I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
        Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
        for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
        had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
        work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
        the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
        left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
        pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
        the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
        the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
        I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
        publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
        Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
        So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
        pushing to increase the membership?
        'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
        more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
        futile and impotent it becomes.'
        This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
        Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
        diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
    [pp.119-120 _The complete Yes Minister // The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister
    by the Right Hon. James Hacker MP._ v "The Writing on the Wall" *]
    Blame transfer protocol complete. S.E.P. field now fully enaged.
    Nicholas Clark
    * http://www.jonathanlynn.com/Books/Complete_Yes_Minister/complete_yes_minister.htm