Tory Euroscepticism another example of the Henry Smith syndrome

This should really have been covered yesterday, but better late than never.  A valuable piece was published on Witterings From Witney yesterday, taking a high level look at the voting records of Conservative MPs who use the term Eurosceptic to give the impression they are opposed to being governed by the EU.

As WfW explains, the term Eurosceptic is useless and even the Guardian’s content partner website makes the point that there are different kinds of Eurosceptics.  After examining the voting records and unpicking the definition of ‘Eurosceptic’ WfW makes clear to readers that:

It would seem to me that not only do we need to redefine the term ‘eurosceptic’, but that we also need to redefine just who amongst our MPs really is anti-EU!

Exactly right.  What we have here is an extension of the Henry Smith syndrome, where some MPs try to have it both ways and convince people of differing mindsets that they embrace their viewpoint.

Only by exposing MPs who claim to support the public view – that we should be an independent, self determining nation, yet who like Chris Heaton-Harris vote in favour of deeper integration with the EU  – can the public have any idea whether they are voting for someone who agrees with their views or not.  As such we should take every opportunity to highlight the duplicity of MPs who say one thing and do another. It is time to out them.

6 Responses to “Tory Euroscepticism another example of the Henry Smith syndrome”


  1. 1 Span Ows 31/08/2011 at 3:26 pm

    “…where some MPs try to have it both ways and convince people of differing mindsets that they embrace their viewpoint”

    Indeed, there’s a name for that: anus, or something similar.

  2. 2 WitteringWitney 31/08/2011 at 3:37 pm

    My thanks for the link AM – most kind of you.

  3. 3 permanentexpat 31/08/2011 at 4:02 pm

    Tory Party…Janus Party.

  4. 4 Autonomous Mind 31/08/2011 at 4:03 pm

    I’m sure you missed a ‘J’ off that, Span…

    WfW, you are most welcome.

  5. 5 Martin Cole 31/08/2011 at 5:33 pm

    I have been following your posts on this ‘eurosceptic’ name tag tpoic and congratulate you and your helpers for making it so well discussed.

    I blogged on it first thing this morning and followed up on Chris Heaton-Harris, a self-styled fierce eurosceptic, later this morning, as well as some passing remarks yesterday.

    I can mostly be found at http://www.ironiestoo.blogspot.com where I am mainly concentrating on the death throes of the euro.

  6. 6 Brian Vissian 17/09/2011 at 11:35 am

    Eurosceptic a person that does not want to be in the EU but lacks the Courage to Act


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