The Tories have dug up a rather good story. When Mark Malloch Brown was still at the UN he was a strong advocate of the EU having one collective seat on the Security Council, saying that it should happen “as quickly as possible. I’m a huge fan of it.”
Now admittedly, Malloch Brown wasn’t in the government at the time. But it does seem rather odd that Gordon Brown has put a man who aspires to this as the minister in charge of UN reform. It also puts the proposal for the EU High Representative to automatically speak for the EU as a whole, whenever the Union is agreed, at the Security Council into a rather more sinister light.