The Tories are forever looking for the opportunity to have a proxy referendum on leaving Europe. Sadly, they keep being denied the chance.
The Lisbon Treaty never went to a referendum in the end and every other demand has been brushed aside. It must be incredibly frustrating for them.
Frustrate no more. I have the solution for you, my dear Tories. Organise a leadership contest to depose David Cameron. He has deceived you on EU policy. He has denied your rightful voice. By voting for or against him the issue can be tested by all.
It was always curious that Mr Cameron chose to speak about multiculturalism at a security conference in Munich. I’m not disputing that the issue is related to the cause of terror, but this was not a domestic British audience. The conference was concerned with co-operating on the contemporary threat, rather than commenting on each country’s experience of integration.
By being on the same day as the EDL march in Luton, this provided a good cover for his real intentions, with the media totally dominated by speech versus march. It’s not the first time Mr Cameron has demonstrated a deft handling of the British media professionals.
The truth is that his audience was not the collected heads of state, but one head of state only: The German Chancellor.
On the 17th November 2010, Angela Merkel told a group of students in Potsdam that attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have “utterly failed”. Sound familiar?
Cameron was flattering her. It was a paraphrase of her own speech. It was a bonding exercise with the boss of the EU. He wanted the Chancellor to know that she has an admirer in the UK, in the form of the British Prime Minister.
Or course, this is totally at odds with Cameron’s commitment, made to the Conservative Cornerstone Group in the 2005 leadership election, to leave the EPP, which is dominated by federalist parties from Germany and France. Much the opposite, this is sucking up to the Federalists.
I say to the Conservatives, particularly The Cornerstone Group, you have been deceived!
And how about the news that David Cameron is actively pursuing an open borders policy for the EU? Surely this is completely at odds with his manifesto commitment: “We will apply transitional controls as a matter of course in the future for all new EU Member States.” It now appears that Mr Cameron is actively pursuing a reduction.
The Guardian reports that the prime minister “is forging an Anglo-Dutch alliance to revive liberalising reforms that would see the creation of a mini free market in Europe allowing workers…to ply their trades anywhere in the continent.”
Mark Rutte, the premier of the Netherlands said: “We want to form a mini-single market for all the professional services, and then obviously the hope is that all 27 countries would like to join, even if some are currently vehemently opposed.” Well, that’s funny, because I thought the British government were vehemently opposed. Or perhaps that’s just the Conservative Party.
So I say “Go for it, Conservative Party!” Make a leadership challenge your proxy for a referendum n our membership of the EU. If Cameron loses, then your next leader will be committed to genuine referendum, but if he loses, then you can forever hold your peace.