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IT BEGGARS belief that Pauline Green, MEP and leader of the Socialist Group in the Strasbourg Parliament could claim credit for despatching Jacques Santer and the rest of his commission.>

Euro leader cannot claim the credit

IT BEGGARS belief that Pauline Green, MEP and leader of the Socialist Group in the Strasbourg Parliament could claim credit for despatching Jacques Santer and the rest of his commission.

o The fact is that in January, she massively miscalculated and had her bluff called by centre and centre-right MEPs when she tabled a motion calling for the commission's resignation.

She was horrified that, far from heading off the calls for the heads of individually-named commissioners, her motion might instead bring down the whole pack of cards.

o The independent auditors' report over which Mrs Green now crows was, in fact, a face-saving mechanism to get her off the hook on which she had impaled herself.

o Her true colours were evidenced in January when she was pictured quaffing champagne with Jacques Santer celebrating the commission's short-lived survival. Her taking credit now for the commission's resignation en-masse is simply cynical political opportunism and a barely-concealed exercise in face-saving.

|CLLR PETER FORREST,

|Conservative Group Leader,

|Haringey Council,

|Civic Centre,

|High Road,

|Wood Green.

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