Whatever happened to Denis MacShane?
The EU summit at Hampton Court in
October 2005 had one beneficial side effect – Denis MacShane was back on our
screens giving us the benefit of his wisdom on Europe. He disappeared from our screens because,
after serving as the Minister in the Foreign Office responsible for
Could his demise have something to
do with his unscripted remarks to a student audience at
“Denis MacShane, the
“Mr MacShane also said that the European Union Constitution ‘won’t be the last word’ in European integration, contrary to government policy, and that it would be better for the British government to attempt ‘to scrap’ the European Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) than to reform it.”
When contacted by The Scotsman about these remarks, he denied he had made them – but had to backtrack when told that the paper had a clear recording of him making them.
After this, it’s a surprise he
survived as a Minister for another six months, particularly, since he had got
himself into terrible trouble a year earlier.
The latter was over a speech to Muslims in his
“… time for the elected
and community leaders of British Muslims to make a choice: the British way,
based on political dialogue and non-violent protests, or the way of the
terrorists against which the whole democratic world is uniting”. (The Guardian,
He had to eat large amounts of humble pie for that, but remarkably he survived as Europe Minister.
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