France to UK: "Help yourself and heaven will help you."
Nothing new there, perhaps. But it is rather undiplomatic of Jean-Pierre Jouyet to effectively tell the English not to bother asking the EU for any assistance at all in the wake of any financial problems we might face in the future, simply because Chancellor Alistair Darling has refused to play ball and pledge funds to prop up the euro.
M Jouyet said:
“The English are very certainly going to be targeted given the political difficulties they have. Help yourself and heaven will help you. If you don’t want to show solidarity to the eurozone, then let’s see what happens to the United Kingdom.”
Yes, indeed. Let's see.
And he noted:
“There is not a two speed Europe but a three speed Europe. You have Europe of the euro, Europe of the countries that understand the euro...and you have the English.”
At last it is sinking in.
Though why he blamed the English for the decision of the British Government taken by a Scottish chancellor is something of a mystery.