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|Thatcher Slams Blair's 'Monumental Folly'
- European force 'makes no sense' says old bruiser on her anniversary
FORMER Premier Margaret Thatcher has used the the tenth anniversary of her fall from power to launch a bitter attack on current PM Tony Blair and his plans to allow British troops to join a pan-European defence force.
"The government's plans to create a new European army make no military sense at all," Thatcher said. "It [sic] is a piece of monumental folly that puts our security at risk in order to satisfy political vanity."
Blair is furious at the backlash against his defence plans from certain layers of the UK establishment including former army generals and sections of the media reknowned for their little-Englandism, calling reports of surrender to Europe "fundamentally dishonest."
The dispute comes in the wake of Blair's decision to make more explicit his backing for further European integration in the run up to next year's expected general election in which the opposition Tory Party are likely to play the patriotic anti-European card for all it is worth.