LDVideo: Jeremy Browne “reserves his position” on the Government’s Euro 2012 boycott

by Stephen Tall on June 22, 2012

When is a boycott not a boycott? When England confounds expectations by playing well.

That appears to be the more-than-a-little confusing Government message during the Euro 2012 football championships being held in Ukraine, where there are continuing concerns about its ‘selective justice’ system. No government minister has attended a match yet, and that boycott will extend to this Sunday’s quarter-final against Italy.

But the Government has refused to be drawn on whether its boycott would continue if England reach the semi-finals. You can watch Lib Dem foreign office minister Jeremy Browne attempt to justify this inconsistency to Andrew Neil on the BBC’s Daily Politics here:

(Available on the BBC website here.)

* Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, a Research Associate for the liberal CentreForum think-tank, and also writes at his own site, The Collected Stephen Tall.