From 10 am Sunday morning 8th November 2009
Marr – re Afghanistan
Hague – we need to communicate with the public more evenly. the communication is news driven , which means casualty driven. It needs regular reporting of the situation. People have to see there is a strategy they can believe. In the new strategy, coming from Obama, there needs to a strong civilian effort, not a pro-consul, a powerful coordinating figure from the international community.
Marr – difficult public spending situation..
Hague – there hasn’t been a stragegic defence review for ten years. In 2004 Labour cut the helicopter budget by 1.5 billion. a big mistake.
Marr – did you seriously think you would go ahead with a Lisbon referendum.
Hague – it’s not a simple matter and needs explaining. Referendum can no longer stop the Lisbon Treaty going ahead.
Marr – your new proposals are locks on stable door minus a horse.
Hague – a particluar horse. whenever any government transfers powers to Europe, there will be a referendum.
Marr – there won’t be a transfer of power or a traety for years.
M – social and welfare policy? paternity leave. 4 weeks holiday
H – not those, but things like agency regulations. things we can ask for which are damaging our economy.
m – eu says don’t make a list of demands. we’re not interested
h. we have to pick our time. no quick 6 months bust up
m – nothing will happen
h – it will. i am determined. the economic problems will be on our mind 24 hours a day. we don’t need a crisis with the EU.
m – so it’s business as usual
h – we will be working with our EU partners.
h – we will challenge other parties to agree about a Sovereignty Bill.
m – it’s a gift to ukip
h – we cannot pander to fringe parties
h – fringe parties will have no impact, if you want change, vote conservative
m – abuse from foreign ministers. business as usual.
h – steady promotion of our national interest. we will be tough negotiators.
m – MP’s expenses……………………..