The reaction within the establishment to David Cameron’s speech pledging an in-out referendum on the EU, if he manages to remain Prime Minister after the next general election, shows how detached and contemptuous its members are.
First up we had Ed Miliband, puffing his chest out like a gooney bird in the House of Commons, declaring ‘his’ party would not allow the people to choose the way this country is governed.
It seems the socialist dogma of common ownership is limited to taking money from those who have it, to lavish in return for votes on those who want it, but don’t go out and earn it. For Comrade Ed and his fellow travellers when it comes to common ownership of this country, only the self selecting elitists who have served their time in party youth organisations, think tanks and policy units, get to decide.
Then we had Nick Clegg chipping in with the same utterly discredited arguments he used in favour of the lunacy of the UK ditching sterling and adopting the Euro, namely that this issue will cause uncertainty for business and the economy and jobs and investment will be at risk.
Then with every man and his dog across the continent chipping in their tuppence worth, the august pages of the Barclay Brother Beano provided a platform for Fraser Nelson to opine that while David Cameron puts his faith in the people, Ed Miliband clings rigidly to belief in the state. Fraser Nelson’s take on this issue reveals his paternalist Tory streak:
All of a sudden, “this Cameron” finds himself armed with a very powerful question to ask his opponents at election time: “We trust the people. Why don’t you?”
Trust the people? Trust them to do what? Why, to do what Cameron wants them to do of course! It speaks volumes of the establishment that this issue is presented in terms of ‘trust’.
Democratically-minded people would not be talking about trusting the people any more than they would be declaring they would not be holding a referendum. True democrats would be talking about letting the people decide and seeking the people’s consent. They would be talking about representing the wishes of the people. But that doesn’t occur to the likes of Cameron, Clegg, Miliband or hacks like Nelson. These are people who belive they have a divine right to impose their wishes and dictate what will be to everyone else, and those who are their cheerleaders. When it comes to democracy they just don’t get it.
That is why we need to be sceptical and suspicious of the motives of all members of this insular, self serving crowd. They are not trying to serve interests, only their own.