He could take an equally pragmatic view concerning employment of the disabled. Even if someone were prepared to go to the European Court and the judgement did eventually go against the Government (not a foregone conclusion), alternative European legislation could by then be in place.
It would seem that Mr Portillo is using the disabled to score a point against Brussels and reinforce his free-market credentials with the right. Such breathtaking cynicism must be an example of that current British characteristic of which he so recently complained. If we are now a nation of cynics, with ministers like this, who could blame us?
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