what they should do about their disturbingrnexperiences of the previous night.rnDoing so, he signals his submission tornher maternal influence. Alice answersrnnearly word-for-word as Alberhna does:rn”I think we ought to be grateful that wernhave come unharmed out of all our adventures,rnwhether they were real or only arndream. . , . We’re awake now,” she concludes.rnWith evident relief, he responds,rn”Forever.” She demurs, however.rnWhether wisely or coyly, it’s difficult tornsay. Perhaps both at once, for a tiny smilernof feminine intrigue flickers on Kidman’srnface. Instead of pledging words, she tellsrnhim they must act as soon as possible.rnWhen he looks perplexed, she helpfullyrnexplains. Using the blunt Anglo-Saxonrnterm, she tells him they must make love.rnHowever fleeting, it’s the surest seal torntheir contract in passion and responsibility-rnAnd that, folks, is life: a tenuous, unstablernbalance of the body’s imperativesrnand the soul’s commitments. As Oedipusrndiscovered, there are no easy answersrnto the human mvstery. Most, however,rnwould find his resignahon on this count arnbit extreme. After all, he rendered hisrne)’es w ide shut permanently.rnGeorge McCartney teaches English at St.rnJohn’s University.rnPOLITICSrnThe New EuropeanrnParliament:rnAn Interview WithrnBill Cash, MPrnby Alberto CarosarniC You are walking on water now, butrnyou will drown in Europe.” Sornsaid British Member of Parliament andrnEuroskeptic leader Bill Cash to the newlyrninstalled Prime Minister Tony Blair duringrna parliamentary debate in May 1997.rn”Drowning” is a term that applies wellrnto the heavy setback suffered by leftist partiesrnall over Europe in the recent E. U. elections,rnwhich took place on June 13 in thern15 member countries of the EuropeanrnUnion. The center-right emerged with thernlargest block of seats, while Tony Blair andrnGerman Chancellor Gerhard Schroederrnwere especially hard-hit by the results.rnFor the first time in its 20-year history,rnthe European parliament will see a majorityrnof its seats in the hands of the centerright.rnEuropean voters rejected the politicalrnblueprint of the “new internationalrnleft” only two weeks after Mr. Blair andrnMr. Schroeder had met in London tornlaunch a “third way” neosocialist manifesto,rnan initiative aimed at bringing socialismrncloser to the center of the politicalrnspectrum. Voters also seemed to be opposingrnthe war for “human rights” in Kosovo,rnwhich these two leaders staunchly supported.rnDespite Blair’s apparent triumphs inrnthe United Kingdom, the ConservativernParty doubled its seats with 36 percent ofrnthe vote, as against 29 percent for thernLabour Party. In Germany, the centerrightrn(CDU and CSU) won a record 48.7rnpercent of the vote, while the socialist SPDrnstopped at 30.7 percent.rnSchroeder and Blair’s manifesto hadrnbeen resisted by the French socialist primernminister, Lionel Jospen, more of an oldstylernleftist; and in France, the Socialistrnparty substantially held. The real loserrnthere was Jacques Chirac, who had openlyrnsupported Clinton and Blair in the Kosovornwar. Nicola Sarkoz, Chiracs right-handrnman in the European elections and interimrnchairman of the Gaullist RPR, lost tornboth Socialist Frangois Hollande and thern”anti-European” ticket of Charles Pasquarnand Philippe de Villiers, whose 13.1 percentrnof the vote made them the number twornFrench party. Jean Marie Le Pen held hisrnground (5.7 percent), while a new, anti-environmentalistrnformation called “Huntingrnand Fishing,” based on rural and traditionalrnvalues, won 6.8 percent of the vote.rnIn Italy, the elections were a triumph forrnForza Italia’s leader Silvio Berlusconi,rnwhose “ideological” anticommunism continuesrnto be appreciated by moderate voters.rnIn varying degrees, the center-right alsornprevailed in Spain, Finland, Denmark,rnIreland, and Greece. In Portugal, despiternhis victory, Socialist leader Mario Soaresrnwill not get the much sought-after office ofrnpresident of the European Parliament.rnThese election results have broad implicationsrnfor the European Union, and I discussedrnthem recently with Bill Cash, leaderrnof the Euroskeptics in Britain andrnEurope. Mr. Cash, Conservative MP forrnthe constituency of Stone, led a rebellionrnagainst his own government at the time ofrnthe Maastricht Treaty on the grounds thatrnit was a sellout of national sovereignty.rnCash is the chairman of the London-basedrnEuropean Foundation.rnAlberto Carosa: Wliat is your evaluationrnof the recent European Parliament electionsrnin the United Kingdom and elsewhere?rnBill Cash: First of all, it is a very considerablernsuccess for the Conservative Party,rnbecause we’ve got 36 seats in the EuropeanrnParliament and the Labour Partyrnhas only got 29. It is a reflection not of apathyrnor fatigue, which is what some peoplernhave been trving to say from thernLabour side, but actually a protest voternagainst the way Europe has been going;rnagainst the European Commission,rnwhich collapsed in ignominy; against thernhigh imemployment in Europe; againstrnthe weak euro; against the lack of democracyrnand accountability. It is also a generalrnfeeling that Europe has been takenrninto European government, and thernBritish people insist on governing themselves.rnAlthough there was a low turnout, thernfact is that the Liberal Democrats, for example,rnwho expected to benefit from proportionalrnrepresentation, did fare veryrnbadly indeed, and the so-called pro-EuropeanrnConservative Party, which was setrnup to attack the real Conservahve Party,rnonly managed to achieve about one percent.rnThere were other parties, like thernUnited Kingdom Independence Party,rnwhich did quite well, and I think they’verngot three seats. But the fact is that thevrnare following a policv of getting out ofrnEurope, and although they did tolerablyrnwell, they did not compare with the ConservativernParty, [which holds that] wernwant to be in Europe but not run by Europe.rnWe want to have a degree of involvement,rntrading, single market, allrnthose sort of things, but not to have all ourrnlaws and Westminster democracy bungledrnup into a rubbish dump.rnAC: There was low turnout virtually allrno’er Europe, arormd 50 percent on average.rnDoes this mean that other Europeansrnare dissatisfied with the EuropeanrnUnion?rnBC: I think it is not only in Britain thatrnpeople are dissahsfied. [People] are beginningrnto see the connection betweenrnthe constraints imposed on their right tornhave expenditure on health, social services,rndefense, and education, which isrnOCTOBER 1999/43rnrnrn