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UK intel: Berlin and Paris wanted to exploit Blair-Brown feud

The Local · 4 Jul 2011, 10:00

Published: 04 Jul 2011 10:00 GMT+02:00

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According to extracts from Alastair Campbell's diaries published in The Guardian newspaper, officials from Britain's MI6 foreign intelligence agency told Blair that Paris and Berlin aimed to "divide them even further."

Campbell noted in October 2000 that Blair had shown him intelligence which said Germany had noticed the duo "were on a different track to each other."

At an EU summit in December 2000, Campbell wrote that MI6 "spooks" had told him that France and Germany "were exploiting the fact that GB (Brown) was seen as a rival to TB (Blair), to try to divide them further."

Blair, leader from 1997 to 2007, was often at loggerheads with his powerful finance minister over a deal the pair reportedly struck in 1994, when the then opposition Labour party was searching for a new leader.

Brown stepped aside to allow Blair a clear run at the party's top job on the understanding that Blair would grant him wide-ranging powers and eventually the leadership should Labour gain power.

Labour swept to victory in 1997, but the longer Blair remained in charge, the more fraught the pair's relationship became, Campbell recorded in his diary.

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Blair and Brown repeatedly clashed on key European issues important to Germany and France, including whether Britain should join the euro. Whereas Blair wanted to take his country into the common currency zone, Brown was vehemently opposed.

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10:16 July 4, 2011 by trash head
Before we drag them into the EU, they might change theire giant dinosaur plugs.

The plain plug is often bigger then the device itself already ...
11:17 July 4, 2011 by Englishted
Alastair Campbell's diaries are as truthful as the Hitler diaries from some years back.

Did not make any difference though not in the Euro yet still paying to bail out countries who did join .
14:03 July 4, 2011 by Loth
What does it profit a man to gain the entire world if he loses his soul. That is my comment.
15:34 July 4, 2011 by DrStrangelove
So what were they hoping to achieve with stoking the fire? Without a plausible motif, the story doesn't sound likely.
16:00 July 4, 2011 by Al uk
Trash head you can keep those feeble two pin rubbish things that constantly fall out of the socket.

The 3 pin is MILES better!
16:13 July 4, 2011 by harcourt
Al uk : Sorry but after 20 yrs living in Europe I have to say that the 2 pin plugs are just as good, smaller and cheaper. HOWEVER I do think that the idea of having a switch for most wall sockets in GB is a good idea, you don't have to unplug the apparatus in order to turn it off !!
16:40 July 4, 2011 by jg.
harcourt : "... the 2 pin plugs are just as good, smaller and cheaper."

Smaller and cheaper maybe but BS 1363 plugs and sockets are superior in terms of fire safety, insulation, polarisation (you know which cable is live), shuttering (you can't push assorted objects into the live connector of the socket), etc.

@trash head

This may come as a bit of a shock but the UK has been a member of the EU/EEC/Common Market for almost 40 years now - although they have not adopted the Euro.
17:19 July 4, 2011 by Al uk
Possibly the only good thing that Brown did whilst in charge (stay out of the Euro)
17:34 July 4, 2011 by harcourt
jg . #7

Fire safety not really, insulation no, shuttering you can get that if you want it. Polarity I'm not so sure that it is so necessary. I'm an electrical engineer and used to think polarity was important but not today with modern electrical equipment. Earthing of course is important.
17:53 July 4, 2011 by jg.
harcourt " I'm an electrical engineer..."

So am I.
18:07 July 4, 2011 by harcourt
jg : I wrote "Snap" but the comment control said you have to write ten letters minimum Ha Ha
10:40 July 5, 2011 by trash head

> This may come as a bit of a shock but the UK has been a member of the EU/EEC/Common Market for almost 40 years now - although they have not adopted the Euro.

This may come as a bit of a shock but UK is integrated in and helpful to the EU as a cocumber belongs to a cherry tree.
13:40 July 5, 2011 by Al uk
@ trash head the UK is a net contributor to the EU is that helpful enough?

Perhaps you should alter you name to d..khead.... more apt i think.
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