‘The Eurosceptic Steve Hilton’ or ‘Agendas in action’

So the man who is a parody of himself, Cameron adviser Steve Hilton, has let it be leaked in the media that he is said to have swung behind moves for the UK to go it alone after being shocked to discover how much sovereignty has switched from Westminster to Brussels.

Very little leaks out of Westminster in this way unless someone has an ulterior motive.  That motive could be to show up Hilton for the vacuous fool he is, it could be an attempt to soothe the ruffled feathers of the Tory grassroots that a man with Cameron’s ear is a Eurosceptic to arrest sliding membership numbers, or it could be an internal power play by someone who would benefit from Hilton’s removal. Whatever, there is more to this than meets the eye.

What the article does do is draw attention to the lack of understanding among senior government figures about how this country is run and by whom, and the sheer dumb ignorance of those who profess to be in leadership positions. There is nothing more to add about this ‘story’ that has not been analysed by Dr Richard North at EU Referendum. His post on the matter is worthy of your time.

4 Responses to “‘The Eurosceptic Steve Hilton’ or ‘Agendas in action’”


  1. 1 Jonathan Stuart-Brown 19/06/2011 at 4:40 pm

    A cynical analysis is that Hilton has lost his place as Head Courtier and seeing Craig Oliver drop his flagship ‘Big Society’. It is a desperate media plea to stop a further slide to the outer margins of the court.
    On the other hand, I did buy the article on face value. He just did not know. He has woken up. At least he has partially woken up. It may be too late. Whether or not he still has the influence (of the 2007-2010 years) to do anything about it is very hard to say. It does read as if he is about to depart the court to spend more time on his own private estate. Nonetheless I would counsel all bloggers of this Eu sceptic and global warming sceptic persuasion to make an attempt to build bridges with Hilton, be kind to him, and help him take on board a much more detailed analysis. If he can voice important inconvenient facts in the court debate, then it may really help.
    Thinking, analysis, truth, facts matter BUT they are not enough. As in snakes and ladders people need to throw a six to get in the game and on the board for their efforts, energy, talent and ideas to count. If Hilton is sincere, and if he is staying in the court, then congratulate him, welcome him, court him and in so doing gain access for your invaluable intellectual material.

  2. 2 Fulton 19/06/2011 at 9:07 pm

    From Regent’s Park to Pimlico, an Iron Bubble has descended across Westminster. Behind that line lie all the leaders of the ancient parties of left and right. Conservative, Labour, Liberal and Social Democrat, all these famous parties and the politicians around them lie in what I must call the EU sphere, and all are subject in one form or another, not only to EU influence but to a very high and, in many cases, increasing measure of control from Brussels.

  3. 3 Andrew Zalotocky 19/06/2011 at 9:37 pm

    Hilton may well be engaged in sordid court politics as Jonathan Stuart-Brown suggests. But what if it’s true? What if a man in his position really did not know “how much sovereignty” we have lost? It would suggest that SPADs and the MPs who appoint them are so narrowly focussed on the day-to-day business of electoral politics that they don’t understand anything at all about the wider world or their own responsibilities. It would suggest that the British political class is terrifyingly ignorant, insular and irresponsible.

    But that would explain an awful lot about recent political events. It would explain why “our” government so frequently acts in such a stupid and destructive way. In many ways it’s worse than any conspiracy theory because they at least provide the assurance that we are being ruled by Machiavellian geniuses instead of people who literally have no idea what they are doing.

  4. 4 Jonathan Stuart-Brown 20/06/2011 at 1:01 pm

    Andrew Zalotocky just for clarity although I noted the possibility of a courtier trying to save his courtier position (by pressing a very hot button with the Tory Party, Tory voters, Tory media and the nation), I plumped for him not knowing how much power has been given to Brussells and how little left in Westminster for the elected Parliament and appointed Ministers.
    I am with you.
    “What if it’s true? What if a man in his position really did not know “how much sovereignty” we have lost? It would suggest that SPADs and the MPs who appoint them are so narrowly focussed on the day-to-day business of electoral politics that they don’t understand anything at all about the wider world or their own responsibilities. It would suggest that the British political class is terrifyingly ignorant, insular and irresponsible.
    But that would explain an awful lot about recent political events. It would explain why “our” government so frequently acts in such a stupid and destructive way”.

    They and most MPs these days do not know what they can no longer do under EU law especially as zealously interpreted by the manadarin class in Westminster whose loyalty is with Brussells.

    It is the Simon Hughes syndrome as identified in Jeremy Paxman’s ‘The Political Animal’. He holds six surgeries a week and spends hours working on self-esteem issues of his voters who come to see him. He tells them to say ‘I am significant’. MPs in marginals now regularly attend appeal hearings of school governors refusal to admit a child to a school. Vital work indeed but not for an elected MP. They know the minute details of constituents seeking a council house, planning permission for a house extension, a refusal of an alcohol licence, but do not have time to read briefs on the Select Committees they are on (as there are no constituency votes in it). They are seeing constituents when debates are in The Chamber. They are effectively doing the job of local councillors, social workers, solicitors. They rely on the whips pointing to which lobby to walk in to register a vote on legislation they did not read even the Title of.
    They are gravitating to where they can make a difference in their constituency and dealing with cobwebs. Alas they have no time to deal with spiders which spin a thousand cobwebs for every cobweb they clear up.
    There are exceptions but very few.
    My view is that the only way to get the message across to the public and msm is for more people of the calibre of Cranmer, Autonomous Mind, Dr Richard North to write novels, radio 4 plays, theatre plays, tv and film screenplays, sitcoms such as ‘Yes Minister’. To put the vital points inside a story. Some will get through and educate millions including government advisors.
    JFK, Reagan, Clinton read novels to relax. So do our Ministers. Ironically it is the best way to get access to them if you write one they love.


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