Instead of saying that globalization is a fact, that it's inevitable, we've also got to demonstrate that while the growing interdependence of the world economy is indeed a fact, it's not uncontrollable.
I do not share the half-in, half-out attitude to the EU of some in Britain. Britain's place is in Europe.
Essentially we need a new social consensus for economic reform as New Labour has achieved in Britain.
For too long, decisions have been taken behind closed doors - tablets of stone have simply been past down to people without bothering to involve people, listen to their views or give them information about what we are doing and why.
If the constitutional treaty is rejected it will be back to square one, just at a time when we want Europe to be a more effective force for good in the world, when we need to buttress ourselves against the pressures and insecurities of globalization.
We've got to demonstrate why European unity and integration, our vast single market, our single currency, equip us with the strength to embrace globalization.
In my experience of these things, parties which shout about dirty tricks and the like tend to do so because they fear a direct hit in some vulnerable part of their political anatomy.
We are intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich.
I'm a fighter, not a quitter.
They want to derail peace because they want to plunge Northern Ireland back into armed conflict.
Last Update: 5 December 2021
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