Following our earlier report, the full transcript of the Brown-Socrates press conference is now on the Downing Street website.
Says Brown, "On the first point the constitutional project, as the document states from Brussels, was abandoned, in other words the idea of creating a new and completely new (sic) constitutional treaty was not accepted at Brussels."
But he also says, "…I am happy that the progress that the Portuguese Prime Minister proposes for the work of the constitutional discussions moves ahead…"
The immediate thought is that, if the treaty isn't a constitution, why is Socrates making proposals for "constitutional discussions"?
Looking more, however, we see Mr Weasel hard at work. Apart from the fact that Brown is playing word games (the "Brussels document" does not say the "constitutional project" was abandoned), we see the prime minister saying, "that idea of creating a new and completely new constitutional treaty was not accepted at Brussels.”
But this we know. They rejected the idea of a "new and completely new constitutional treaty" and instead are trying to sneak in the old one.