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PC17: Signing of Maastricht Treaty
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This press cycle can be described as nothing less than a brutal battle between the parties, with many of their senior figures slogging it out over issues such as the single currency, the extent of referenda and the unities of the opposing parties.

As ever when it comes to major policy issues, the main figures speaking for the Government are Myerscough, Macmillan and Croft, who are notably helped this time by Lauria from within Cabinet and from the backbenches by Fournier-Macleod. Their arguments are fairly well co-ordinated and they keep their fire upon Labour but it also cannot be denied that the voice of Hart serves to undermine the idea that the Conservatives are fully united on this issue.

For Labour, it’s no surprise that the argument is led by Ruth Murphy, who has led prominently on the issue since her appointment as Shadow Foreign Secretary. Murphy is backed up significantly through commentary from Dawson, Brown, Ward and McCrimmon. Their arguments are also well co-ordinated, even if they had less voices in the debate, and at the heart of the whole argument it’s clear that Macmillan and Murphy are the main drivers from each side.

Cardigan makes a few fair points from his perspective, rising above the divide as he did on Ireland, but this also meant less media coverage as the media naturally focused on the drama between the Conservatives and Labour. However, such tactics from the Liberal Democrats could serve them well at the ballot box.

Overall, given how this press cycle was such a battle between the main parties, it comes to an effective draw between the Conservatives and Labour. However, perhaps this is fitting given how the polls show the country seems to be as divided on Europe as Westminster is…

1XP to Murphy, Macmillan, Croft, Fournier-Macleod, Brown, Cardigan
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