For once we find ourselves in agreement with Daniel Hannan, who comments upon David Cameron’s Al Jazeera interview in which he restates his refusal to give Britain an In/Out referendum on EU membership.
Do you remember all those pledges Cameron keeps making to de-centralise and give power back to the people? The Al Jazeera interview underlines what a complete load of bollocks that is. Hannan, in an uncharacteristically short post on his Telegraph blog, hits the nail on the head as he observes:
There is something faintly surreal about holding a referendum which no one asked for on a voting system which neither of the two Coalition parties supported, while refusing to hold one which the country does demand, and which both Coalition parties were recently pledging. What is the point of consulting people on how to elect their MPs, but not on whether those MPs should run the country?
The point, Daniel, is giving the people the illusion they have power while in reality denying them any. Power rests with Brussels, until the British people decide to take it back, and Cameron will not risk the wrath of his bureaucrats who have power over the next stage of his career once he has been ejected from Downing Street.
On this issue of a referendum we are not hearing anything new, although coverage in the media in the next day or so might give some people that impression. Cameron, good Europhile that he is, has been consistent on this ever since his coup of the Conservative party.
Hannan invites his readers to ‘stand back and ask yourself whether it is right in principle to consult the country’. Of course it is, that is what would happen in a representative democracy. But we do not live in a democracy and Cameron is an unprincipled slimeball. Hoping for Cameron to act in a principled manner is like hoping the crazed rabid dog snarling at your young child won’t attack. You’re just asking to be disappointed. What matters to David Cameron is what David Cameron wants. No one else’s wishes matter:
‘I don’t believe an In/Out referendum is right, because I don’t believe that leaving the European Union would be in Britain’s interests’
He could easily add to that some other sentiments, but they will all begin with the word ‘I’. In Cameron’s world only his views matter. Perhaps this is another reason to call him iDave. The indisputable fact is that the man who dresses like a tailor’s dummy is only interested in window dressing. The big issues of state are firmly off the agenda.