Johan Norberg has an interesting thing from a Swedish blog about the upcoming election of a new leader of the EPP next tuesday.
He says MEPs face a choice between "a French friend of the CAP, Joseph Daul, or a reliable Swedish market-liberal, Gunnar Hökmark, who would be a force against EU regulation and protectionism. "
However, he thinks some Tory MEPs might vote tactially for Daul - on the Leninist logic that "the worse, the better" - in order to strengthen the case for leaving. Not so sure. Be interesting to see who wins though. Daul holds some kind of French medal for agriculture, so we are thinking he is probably not exactly a friend of free trade. Anyone know how the Tories are (officially) voting?