The main line of attack by Labour and the LibDems on the Conservative proposal to withdraw from the EPP has been that Tory MEPs would have to form an alliance with foreign parties who are either semi-fascist or weird in one way or another. This has never struck me as a very convincing argument as no Conservative politician, let alone William Hague would even contemplate such a move.
It was therefore highly revealing to learn from Christopher Silvester in the Independent on Sunday today that the Socialist Group of MEPs, of which New Labour is ironically a member, contains a Polish Party called the Self-Defence League. It campaigns against gay rights, against what it calls 'global capital' and any other kind of involvement with foreigners. The words pot, kettle and black come to mind.