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The cartoon by Brian Adcock from The Independent shows David Cameron on the island of Great Britain drifting away from the Continent. The UK PM tells us, "It was a moral victory". Meanwhile, Jean-Claude Juncker is putting a document headed "REFORMS" into the bin.
If you win a moral victory, you feel that you have shown you were right about something, even though someone else has officially won the argument. • The prime minister is determined to try to snatch a moral victory from the jaws of a certain negotiating defeat at the EU summit which begins today.
Opinions differ as to what Cameron's defeat means for him, Britain, and the EU as a whole. The Telegraph says in its leader that,
"David Cameron’s battle to stop Jean-Claude Juncker from becoming the president of the European Commission has turned out to be one of the most important and impressive moments in his time as Prime Minister. We might almost call it a Dunkirk moment, in that it was technically a defeat but displayed such courage and tenacity that it translated into a moral victory. Mr Cameron stood up for the British national interest. By so doing he has created the potential for a serious renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with the rest of the EU on entirely justifiable terms."
However, the cartoonist emphasizes Cameron's (and Britain's) isolation, using the term "moral victory" ironically.