Michiel 2005

Michiel 2005

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Old newspapers: November 2, 1990 – Geoffrey Howe resigns

Old newspapers: November 2, 1990 – Geoffrey Howe resigns
Geoffrey Howe fought with Margaret Thatcher over Europe. Howe wanted a closer union, integrating the Pound Sterling into the Exchange Rate Mechanism, while Thatcher remained largely opposed and suspicious of Europe. In the end Howe resigned and he made an absolute marvellous resignation speech in the Commons, probably the only speech worth remembering of this politician who was known as "Mogadon Man". The Labour politician Dennis Healey once described debating with Howe "like being savaged by a dead sheep". Hansard has the complete speech.
I remember seeing the resignation speech live on the BBC and I was flabbergasted for the second time. The first time was when I saw the Commons for the first time. It was Sir Ian Gow, a Conservative MP, later murdered by the IRA, who held the traditional backbencher's speech after the Queen's Speech.

Thatcher was right about Europe though.

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