In which case, it's striking that Denis MacShane used a question to denounce the Tories' alliances in Europe. Indeed, Peter Mandelson did exactly the same in a speech this morning. Here's how he put it:
"David Cameron chooses to sit alongside the xenophobes and homophobes in the European Parliament.
He rejects cooperation with mainstream Centre-Right allies like Chancellor Merkel and President Sarkozy.
And this from a party that used to think statecraft was its birthright. This parochial policy alone should disqualify them from high office." For all of Labour's claims about fighting a positive campaign, it's already clear that they hope to exploit situations like this – and Chris Grayling's comments last week –