Boris Johnson is the blue-eyed boy for many Tories who want to free themselves of the social democrat clutches of David Cameron. The great white haired hope was making all the right noises a week ago on the subject that confuses Conservatives more than any other, a referendum on EU membership. But if a week is a long time in politics, it’s a lifetime on Planet Johnson…
“We haven’t had a referendum for a very long time, not since 1975. I think it would be a good thing at the right moment to settle the matter and ask people, ‘are you basically in favour of being in or out?’
“With great respect to the in-outers, I don’t think it does boil down to such a simple question.
“I don’t think it’s as simple as ‘yes, no, in, out’. Suppose Britain voted tomorrow to come out. What would actually happen? In real terms, what would happen is that the foreign office would immediately build a huge – well, the entire delegation would remain in Brussels.
“We’d still have huge numbers of staff trying to monitor what was going on in the community, only we wouldn’t be able to sit in the Council of Ministers. We wouldn’t have any vote at all. Now I don’t think that’s actually a prospect that’s likely to appeal.”
This shouldn’t surprise anyone. Johnson is a Tory and Tories cannot be trusted. He is also an ambitious political animal and if he wants the Tory crown, he needs to sing from the hymn sheet handed to him by the kingmakers, those monied men in grey suits behind the scenes who control the party and run it to suit their personal and business interests. No one gets a position of ‘power’ without their approval.
We can expect Johnson to start a hearty rendition of ‘I’m a constructive Eurosceptic’ in days to come despite his admission he wants the UK to remain a clear member. He will do so as per the wishes of the puppeteers who want to keep increasingly disenchanted grassroots members in the party fold amidst a continuing mass exodus. The important to thing to note as always, the political class is putting vested self interest and their own views before the wishes of a majority of the British people.
Maybe now the scales will fall from the eyes of a few more people. Slowly the reality is dawning. Who knows, maybe some on the centre right who liked Johnson might wish he was still stuck up on that zip wire at the Olympics.