Dear Gabriel,

Sometimes it is better to know when to hold your peace. This day I had things to do all day but still found time to go to the 12.30 Mass. Perhaps I should have stayed there. But I had to come back to speak. My remarks, inoffensive as they were, were too easily taken out of context. I said too many British Prime Ministers had come back from European Summit meetings holding a scrap of paper claiming victory. And we didn’t want this to happen again.