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Pleading over water quality

September 23rd, 1989

A letter to the Daily Telegraph which was published on 23rd September 1989.

Can anyone remember a more demeaning performance by a Minister of the Crown than that of Chris Patten’s pleading in Brussels with a foreign bureaucrat not to “prosecute” our country over infringement of a directive about our own water quality?  Instead of giving the only manly reply – “Get lost” – Mr Patten’s undignified supplication received the entirely predictable response – a kick in the teeth.  As vast chunks of British industry pass into foreign hands, a government which continually prides itself on “fighting for Britain” needs to take a good long look at itself.