If this article, suggesting the Tory focus on the EU is their counter-attack against the (many) issues that are threatening to take that party down to oblivion, then Mr Walker is right that good people like ourselves must counter the arguments they put forward, at every opportunity. They don’t want to leave the EU to make more freedom for you; they want to do it so THEY can get rid of the Human Rights Act and access to justice that currently prevent them inflicting the harm upon middle- and working-class people, both in-work and jobless, that they intend. It is not the EU that is harming the UK’s economic recovery – it’s the Conservative-led Coalition’s economic mismanagement, with growth-killing cuts (as stated in the article) and harmful removal of infrastructure investment.
If we can keep reminding the more suggestible parts of the population of these facts, then it will be a matter of time before criticisms over bad policies (Mervyn King on mortgages), backstabbing by Tory grandees (Lords Howe and Tebbit), and abandonment by disaffected local activists (the ‘mad, swivel-eyed loons’, so-called by SOMEONE in the government) will combine with campaigning by the opposition parties to bring down these monstrous anachronisms.
I’ve heard a number of commentators and journalists over the last few days, and even one Labour MP, talk about the current Tory ‘chaos’ regarding the EU, with backbenchers in ‘revolt’ against Cameron’s lack of promise of an EU ‘in/out referendum’ during this parliament, and the ‘rise’ of UKIP as a threat to the Tory party because of its attraction to the Tory eurosceptic fringe.
The consensus of these commentators was along the lines of this ‘chaos’ representing a grave threat to the Tories as the party risks ‘eating itself’ at a time when it is haemorrhaging votes to UKIP.
It’s true that the situations presents a serious risk to the Tories, but to call it ‘chaos’ is incorrect. It may have started with a relatively small number of fringe Tory MPs who see our membership of the EU as the central issue of our times – but it has…
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