David Cameron, leader of Britain's Conservative Party and (barring some miraculous recovery in Labour's fortunes) the country's future prime minister, at least seems to be someone who keeps his promises. This week, as he promised three years ago when elected leader, he took his party's delegation to the European parliament into a new group, the European Conservatives and Reformists Group.

Readers will recall that this month's European parliament election, amidst low turnout and general disinterest, produced gains for the main centre-right grouping, the European People's Party. The EPP brings together most of the EU's mainstream conservative and Christian democrat
parties: Germany's CDU, France's Gaullists, Italy's Forza Italia, Spain's People's Party, and so on.