Do any Conservatives still believe their leadership is EUsceptic?

Or after today has reality finally sunk in? Government ministers have published their European Union Bill, which they promised will give a new legal guarantee that any transfer of British sovereignty to Brussels will be subject to a UK referendum.

Many EUsceptics have argued the so called ‘referendum lock’ is a red herring because the EU now has the power to amend treaties at will without reference back to member states. What we couldn’t expect was the utter stupidity of the Conservatives in the coalition to U-turn so blatantly on their own flagship commitment.

The sting in the tail – because there always is one when that two-faced charlatan David Cameron is involved – is that there will only be a referendum on the transfer of power to Brussels if ministers consider the changes are ‘significant’. Imagine our shock… What happened to that widely trumpeted transfer of power from the centre to the people then? Or will that only happen on matters when Cameron believes the people will deliver the result he personally wants? See the pattern emerging?

This EU Bill is meaningless because it means the politicians can still do exactly what Labour did over the Lisbon Treaty and claim that an issue is not important enough to warrant asking the people for their consent. The Conservatives campaigned in the election on a platform that stated very clearly:

‘no further powers should be transferred to Brussels without a referendum’

Now they are in power that position has changed to ‘no further powers should be transferred to Brussels without a referendum, unless we think they are not significant in which case power can still be transferred without asking the people if they agree’. The cynicism and deceit is unmistakeable.

So do Tories still believe that Cameron is, as he ludicrously describes himself, a ‘Eurosceptic’? (In any case, how can you be sceptical of a continent for pity’s sake?) Or will they now concede they have been had by a con trick of monumental proportions? Quisling Cameron and that serial liar William Hague, with the EU mandarins smiling on in approval, have just hammered another nail into democracy’s coffin.

To rub salt in Tory EUsceptic wounds the fools at Open Europe, the EU’s greatest useful idiot, view the Bill as a positive step, albeit one that doesn’t go far enough. As it happens the Bill doesn’t achieve anything because it is a metaphor for inertia. It doesn’t go anywhere – and for Cameron and Hague that was always the intention.

7 Responses to “Do any Conservatives still believe their leadership is EUsceptic?”

  1. 1 Agincourt 12/11/2010 at 8:06 am

    No, ‘CamTheSham’, or ‘ShamCam’s’ his name. Quite deceitful, & almost certain over time to cause the Tory party to split.

    Ideally the Euro-sceptics side ends up the largest group after the Tory divorce, & retains the party organization. But it may not matter too much if it doesn’t, as long as the general public sees the euro-sceptic group as clearly the honest & patriotic one. After so much lying by Labour, CamThe Sham, & the LibDems, any party that remains genuinely honest will have a huge advantage.

  2. 2 Span Ows 12/11/2010 at 9:04 am

    No. I’m a fan of the Coalition and what they are doing but on Europe they have failed miserably. Hague, once a favourite of mine has been all but invisible since May. Things are worryingly the same as before; I don’t understand the attitude and this will help UKIP, BNP and others. The next elections will be fun, people still wary of Labour, disillusioned with Lib Dem and disgusted at the Conservatives.

  3. 3 David 12/11/2010 at 11:02 am

    It’s enough to make you wish you were one of those who invaded Tory HQ the other day.

  4. 4 Connie 12/11/2010 at 3:29 pm

    We expats too care about our poor country. The EUSSR, as Ross’s Right Angle out here in South East Asia insists on calling it, is a dire threat which must be resisted.
    None of us will ever vote Conservative again, because sometime we might come home and we’d like to be sure there’s a country to come home to.
    If Cast-Iron Cameron has his way, there won’t be. This latest Bill is a sick joke, typical of the hypocrites and placemen who run today’s Tories.

  5. 5 graham wood 09/01/2011 at 7:10 pm

    AM Excellent comment, but disagree with you about ‘Open Europe’.

    This is always a mine of information, usually without further political comment, but of course their view that the EU Bill is somehow a “positive step” is a complete mis-reading of this dreadful Bill.

  6. 6 Autonomous Mind 09/01/2011 at 7:46 pm

    Thanks Graham. Why do you disagree about Open Europe? They are in favour of our continued membership of the EU and believe it can be reformed, despite being an anti democratic entity. They are EU unrealists.

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