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Yesterday we were hit by a tsunami of media coverage of David Cameron’s EU speech largely focused on select themes – the dividing line between the Tories & Labour, the reaction of European leaders, the response of business and crowing from Tories and the right-wing press. In between, there were a few analytical gems that moved beyond immediate, superficial analysis of the speech.

Here’s my pick:

Dan Hodges – Telegraph
This post nails the fundamental problems with Cameron’s approach: the speech was short-termist and can only hold up until the renegotiation actually takes place. I don’t agree with Hodges that Cameron would definitely campaign for a ‘yes’ vote but what is certain is that the fight between Tory pragmatic ‘ins’, ideological ‘outs’ and the whole range in between has merely been postponed rather than resolved. http://tinyurl.com/bhg3hjo

Ben Molyneux – Guardian
An argument rarely heard in the British media: someone actually in favour of the working time directive. He has some authority too as the chair of the British Medical Association’s (BMA) junior doctor committee. It is crucial to have this debate on the policy, rather than strategy, of Tory renegotiation / repatriation to give bring genuine substance to the EU debate. http://tinyurl.com/akbd2ul

Matthew Dalton – Wall Street Journal
Another post on the working time directive which gives context to the Conservative Party’s vociferous opposition. As Dalton makes clear, the medical community are not united with the Royal College of Surgeons and BMA at loggerheads. http://tinyurl.com/ar7dj9m

Ian Birrell – Conservative Home
A fascinating post from David Cameron’s former speechwriter which gives an in-depth analysis his speech section by section. His comments range from insightful to humorous to frothy euroscepticism. Well worth a read if you have time. http://tinyurl.com/bfcy5cj

James Kirkup – Telegraph
A slightly frustrating post that could have developed its arguments much more and drawn greater comparisons with coverage of other events. However, Kirkup’s assertion that Westminster’s habit of talking to itself has extended to Twitter is an interesting aside. http://tinyurl.com/a7c7ze7

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