Today we find yet further examples of the games that Tories play where the dance is EU Membership - although I am unsure what tempo it is danced to; it most certainly isn't a foxtrot(oscar).
Cameron is accused of 'weasel words' by some in his party, infuriating many at the Conservative conference by apparently ruling out a referendum on whether Britain should leave the EU – even if the idea is backed by MP, the latter a reference to the promised debate in the HoC, the result of which will not be binding on the government.
The Thin Blue Line hosts an article by Daniel Hamilton, Director at Bell Pottinger Public affairs, who writes on rising stars in the Tory Party - in this case Chris Heaton-Harris, a supposed Eurosceptic:
"..... Heaton-Harris has emerged as an influential figure in guiding his colleagues towards policies favouring fundamental EU reform as opposed to outright withdrawal. His efforts have been noted – and appreciated – by his party’s leadership." (Emphasis mine)
CH-H has toed the Cameron line, whilst helping his party's anti-EU stance with the public - and will, no doubt, receive his 30 pieces of silver by way of a ministerial job in the not too distant future.
The next 'exhibit' is an article in the Columnists webpage of the Financial Times by Philip Stephens in which he again puts forward the statement that Cameron is a sceptic at heart. Sorry PS, but it is not possible to be a believer in the nation state, something Cameron assures us he is, whilst accepting rule from Brussels. Stephens maintains that there is a case for an in-out referendum and believes that sceptics would be disappointed at the result, knowing damn well the campaign would once again be slanted against those voting to leave the EU. He also promotes the false policy of repatriation of powers and renegotiation of existing treaties, again knowing full well that neither are possible.
On the subject of policy wishes and intentions we had Theresa May today proposing that the laws on deportation be tightened - yet she knows damn well any move to do this, if enacted, would be open to appeal to the ECJ - yet another policy suggestion/intention offered to pacify the Tory membership. Of course, Ken Clarke then gets up to his usual mischievous game of muddying the waters.
That Cameron 'lost' the 2010 General Election due to his policy on membership of the EU cannot be denied - and the way he continues his policy will surely cost him his job come 2015! That Cameron and his colleagues - and all those in other political parties - are stupid individuals at whose door can be laid all the reasons why our country is in the dire straits that it is, is best summed up in the words of P.J. O'Rourke:
"Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power."And therein lies yet another reason for change in the system of democracy by which we live.