It was the reported response of Conservative MP, Douglas Carswell, when we was told that fellow Tory MP, Claire Perry, had directed a foul mouthed comment at him in the House of Commons – namely ‘Why don’t you f*** off and join UKIP?’
Carswell is putting tribal party loyalty before all else. He claims to believe the United Kingdom should not be part of the European Union. Nevertheless he doggedly remains a member of a political party whose leadership and policy is to remain part of the EU at any cost, to deny the electorate a referendum and to conceal the extent to which the EU is the true government of this country.
How can a man who holds the view he claims remain a loyal Conservative when that party behaves in the way it does? The party’s position is sewn up tight. The leadership sets the policy, regardless of the wishes of the membership. Behind the scenes and out of the public gaze there is a powerful group of people with vested interests who bankroll and control the direction of the party. They determine who will lead it and what agenda will be followed, to suit their interests irrespective of the impact on the rest of the country. The Conservative agenda will not be changed.
It is not dissimilar to Labour taking its direction from Union barons and the uber rich champagne socialists who want to pull up the ladder behind them after acquiring wealth and influence.
Being an MP is a good gig, with its good pay and expenses and the illusion of power and influence that comes with it. Carswell, for all his bluster and verbiage, is just another Europlastic happily sacrificing supposed principles to cling to tribal party loyalty in service of his own interest – namely remaining an MP. When a person sees it for what it is they quickly realise Carswell couldn’t be a more loyal Conservative if he tried.
Voters who oppose EU membership yet continue to vote Conservative, Labour or Lib Dem only have themselves to blame for this country’s ever deeper integration into the EU and ever greater control by Brussels. Until they stop being taken in by the likes of Douglas Carswell nothing will change.