Eurosceptic MP Bill Cash has hit out at the decision by the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award this year's peace prize to the European Union. He said:
It is like giving an Oscar to a box office flop. It is very sad that the Euro establishment are so desperate to bolster the image of an institution, now ridden with riots and dissension, that it should be given this formerly prestigious prize.
You only have to look to Croatia, the Balkan conflicts and the total breakdown over the Gulf and Iraq war to see how European nations fell out with one another over basic objectives. The prize itself was set up to mark the reduction of standing armies but the EU has persistently pursued the idea of a European army.