This 'Conservative' publishes a blog under the title of "Straight Talking", yet straight talking is not a feature of the content which appears. Over the last few days Autonomous Mind has posted on Roger Helmer (here. here and here) in which he castigates Helmer for his stance and writing, accusing him of being a faux eurosceptic.
In his latest post Helmer comments on the recent YouGov poll which found that the majority of voters wish to leave (52%) against the minority (30%) who wish to stay in. This poll also found that 60% of the public (74% of Conservative voters) want an In/Out EU referendum, while only 25% (19% of Tories) don’t. The fact that this poll was commissioned by Nikki Sinclaire, Independent (Ex-UKIP MEP), provides Helmer the opportunity of making a sarcastic and unwarranted 'side-swipe' at a politician from another party. I make no comment on Ms. Sinclaire, her reasons for not wishing to sit with UKIP MEPs, nor the party's decision to eject her - and neither should Helmer, unless of course he is not a gentleman.
The fact that it is obvious Helmer has 'softened' his views on the Conservative Party's European Union Bill coupled with their 'change from within' policy; and comes to the defence of a fellow faux eurosceptic (ex-MEP, now MP, Christopher Heaton-Harris) leaves Helmer rather floundering, when the question of principle is raised. On the subject of the term 'eurosceptic' Autonomous Mind has posted here and here; pointing out that the term now has no meaning where opposition to this country's membership of the EU is concerned and proposes replacing it with the word 'Withdrawalist', where as I tend more to use of the word 'Anti-EU' - but hey, who's arguing.......
It has also long been obvious that David Cameron allows his 'eurosceptic' MPs and MEPs to promote their opposition to his policy and reasons for membership as it 'promotes' the idea that the Conservative Party is 'eurosceptic' by nature when the opposite is so obviously the case (example in Helmer's last two paragraphs in the post to which I link above). If Helmer and Hannan, who are both signatories to Better Off Out, which is in total opposition to the policy of David Cameron, it begs the question why are they still members of the Conservative Party? Principles? Well, as Groucho Marx is reputed to have said: "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others."
Until such time as Helmer and Hannan categorically state that they are against the UK's membership of the EU; are not prepared to support, in any way, the Conservative Party in either Westminster or Brussels; are not prepared to remain a member of the Conservative Party; then any pronouncements on matters EU will carry no 'weight' and contain no gravitas whatsoever - and those conditions are applicable to every other so-called 'eurosceptic' in the Conservative Party.