More Tory Eurosceptic delusion and bullshit

It’s enough to make you wonder if DC Comics have taken over publication of the Daily Express.  Once again we have a Tory reaching out to readers to spin the line that actually, the Tories are mainly Eurosceptic.

The tribalism in Westminster politics never ceases to amaze and depress in equal measure, as once again the electoral interests of the Conservative Party are put before the national interest of the UK with an unchallenged throwaway comment turned into a news item.

There is panic at CCHQ that voters are deserting the Tories as they finally realise Cameron is a liar, his Tory MPs are quislings and Conservatives want power over this country to remain in Brussels.  Instead of seizing the moment, a leading Tory ‘Eurosceptic’ has been rolled out to help hold the line.

For, despite all the evidence to the contrary, today’s Daily Express has a piece by Tom Morgan that claims:

HALF of all Tory MPs want Britain to pull out of the EU, it emerged ­yesterday.

More than 150 – nearly twice as many as those who voted for a referendum last week – want the UK to free itself from the shackles of Brussels ­interference.

Conservative rebel Mark Reckless claimed as many as half of the 306-strong Parliamentary party were in favour of total withdrawal.

No, that really is bullshit you can smell wafting down your internet connection.

The voting records of MPs shows most of the Tories who voted for the motion for a Parliamentary Bill to call a national referendum have voted in favour of measures that pass more control to the EU.  Media interviews had many of the ‘rebels’ saying they wanted to ‘renegotiate’ our EU membership – i.e. stay in the EU and reform it.  Yet now we are enjoined to believe that most of them – including many who voted against the motion – actually want the UK to withdraw.

This is brainwashing the Moonies would be proud of.  Freedom is slavery, war is peace, ignorance is strength, Tories are Eurosceptic.

As always the lack of elementary understanding of EU membership is laid bare as Morgan describes Brussels’ rule over the UK as ‘interference’.  The EU’s governance of Britain is no more interference than Westminster’s illusory governance.  The EU is not an outsider meddling in our affairs, it is our supreme government determining our affairs.  The Express professes it is spearheading the campaign to get us out of the EU, yet its journalists can’t even grasp the nature of the thing.

If the Express wants to sit up front on the ‘Leave the EU’ bandwagon they have belatedly jumped aboard, perhaps it should ensure its journalists understand the EU and the control it has accumulated over this country.

12 Responses to “More Tory Eurosceptic delusion and bullshit”


  1. 2 right_writes 01/11/2011 at 4:44 pm

    If they really wanted to get Britain out of the EU, they would join the UKIP, with 150 MP’s they would be a force to reckon with, and it would not be long before they had 300…

    No…

    I thought not.

  2. 3 TheBoilingFrog 01/11/2011 at 5:32 pm

    “There is panic at CCHQ that voters are deserting the Tories as they finally realise Cameron is a liar…”

    Is that true? It wouldn’t come as any surprise, Tory membership has plummeted by a third since Cameron became leader but I wasn’t aware there was ‘panic’ at the moment. Marvellous if true. Do you have inside info AM?

  3. 4 Autonomous Mind 01/11/2011 at 6:02 pm

    They are desperate not to be a one term government TBF, but their own polling data shows they would lose the next general election if it was held tomorrow – and this before the cuts have had any impact on the economy or any real pain has been experienced.

    Too many Tory supporters had been saying they would never vote Conservative again after the sellout over Lisbon, HRA being shoved on the back burner and continued EU opt ins in 2010. However that number is expected to swell due to the rejection of the motion to have a referendum. That was why Cameron did not want the debate. Membership continues to fall, activists are drifting away and the ‘pissed off’ factor of the Euro elections is yet to come. The delightful thing is all these negative effects to date have been self inflicted.

  4. 5 David Vance 01/11/2011 at 6:48 pm

    Totally agree with your analysis

  5. 6 jameshigham 01/11/2011 at 7:00 pm

    This is a bitter war of attrition and misguidedness. Just when they seem to understand – they don’t.

  6. 7 don wreford 02/11/2011 at 3:49 am

    If only we can understand clearly what the meaning of the issues are? we can then make a decision.

  7. 8 Nigel Carter 03/11/2011 at 6:21 am

    Almost nobody realises, and almost nobody cares, but they’ll be made to care when Baroness Ashton or von Rompuy or Barroso sign something precious away (habeas corpus, Gibraltar…) or introduce an authoritarian policy like compulsory conscription of young people into military service for the EU superstate army in far-flung trouble spots, or whatever other dictat, use your imagination and double it…and then they’ll realise, how helpless they are, and how the UK is powerless to stop it! (UK has only 12% of the EU vote and is only 1 of 27 countries) The hostile takeover isn’t over it’s just begun. (re Conscription: the EU is unarmed and relies on NATO, i.e. mostly the USA for its defence; in this economic and political environment, how long before USA, says defend yourself EU, we’ve got other priorities! Obama has already indicated more Pacific & worldwide priorities. The US may say, “It’s time the EU did its bit and shouldered the cost of its own defence, the free ride is over!”) (re Habeas Corpus, Juries and other UK Common Law safeguards, EU doesn’t have them now) Nigel Carter 11Feb11

  8. 9 rapscallion 03/11/2011 at 12:38 pm

    You only have to look at the comments on this piece by Peter Oborne in the DT to realise just how many ex-conservative voters there are. 53 pages and counting. CCHQ must be crapping itself!

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/peteroborne/100115144/as-the-landscape-starts-to-shift-ukip-can-create-political-havoc/

  9. 10 Barking Spider 03/11/2011 at 11:08 pm

    I see the usual suspects/trolls are out in force on that Telegraph article. It’s not even worth trying to argue with the idiots – suffice to say, they won’t be so arrogant after the next election.

  10. 11 nagsman 04/11/2011 at 1:47 pm

    There is also an unrelated fact that will impact on the Tories at the next election. They promised a free vote on repealing the Hunting Act in their first term – another lie for which they will not be forgiven. The Hunting lobby turned out hundreds of supporters to canvass in marginal seats at the last election and whilst many of them are too stupid to stop voting for Cameron I cannot see them turning out in force to work for him. The local branches will be back to relying on their much reduced membership.


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