Their communications plan has seen the Tory whips suggest to George EUstice and Chris Heaton-Harris that they form a group of Europlastic MPs to ‘promote debate‘ about this country’s ‘relationship’ with the EU. It has seen David Cameron framing his answers to talk about this EU ‘relationship‘ as he appeared before the Liaison Committee. And now it sees the rent seeking arch quisling-in-chief, William ‘Eurowillie’ Hague, dropping some carefully chosen words onto the willing ears of the Times about ‘loosening ties’ with the EU.
You don’t need to be an etymologist to see how the meaning of the noun Eurosceptic has been deliberately and cynically transformed to enable those who are nothing of the sort to adopt its mantle while undermining Eurosceptic aims. The media has been complicit in this, routinely referring to pro-EU politicians who actively further the aims of the EU as Eurosceptic. It suits the Tories and the media well. It gives Eurosceptic voters the illusion the Tories share their desire for an independent UK, while giving internationalists the opportunity to attack the supposedly xenophobic Tories on tribal party lines which delights the leftist media.
But back to today’s instalment from Eurowillie. As always it is the case that when it comes to politicians we should ignore what they say and judge them by what they do. Is William Hague a pro-EU or not? The answer is, like Cameron, he sees himself as a ‘practical Eurosceptic’ which means he firmly and resolutely supports the UK remaining firmly in the grip of EU governance.
In fact he has gone further and actively endorsed the EU. Hague fronted a six week campaign to promote careers available in the European Union which ran in the Telegraph and on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website in January and February this year. Both microsites have been wiped from existence, but we still have Hague’s comments and a screen grab of the ad campaign for posterity: (click to expand image)
Presumably the area of Foreign Affairs is not one of the ‘ties’ that Hague is in favour of ‘loosening’. How very Eurosceptic of him. Hague is just another Judas goat, aided and abetted by the useful idiots who are given a little latitude to ‘dissent’ in the hope of retaining Eurosceptic supporters. As such we need to keep highlighting the evidence far and wide in the hope more people understand how they are being manipulated.