One thing the Tories do realtively well is to spawn new breeds or tribes of politicians.
This is an essential process in their efforts to con voters into suspending reason and logic and ignoring evidence and, for a short time at least, swallowing the fiction that the party is not really pro-EU.
We’ve had the Europlastics. They were characterised by their supposed scepticism of the EU, while continuing to vote for measures that advance the EU’s drive for ever closer integration. The demise of the Europlastic is drawing near, thanks to one of their arch Judas Goats – Douglas Carswell – declaring his rebellion days are over and rejecting his internal opposition to David Cameron, because he claims he has been promised ‘a chance to quit the EU’. As I wrote in a guest post on EU Referendum yesterday:
Carswell is referring to Cameron’s laughable promise to hold an in-out referendum on EU membership in 2017. As Richard North has explained on [EU Referendum] many times, this is virtually an impossible commitment.
For that to happen Cameron has got to win an election in 2015 against hostile public sector interests, within a system that provides Labour with an in-built advantage in the number of seats won for every vote cast.
More importantly he has to initiate, without the power to do so, a convention that will discuss and agree a radical overhaul of the EU and its founding principles via a treaty, resulting in a return of significant powers from Brussels – all against a backdrop of the EU trying to resolve serious structural problems with its finances and the euro, which will require a new treaty of its own that will almost certainly be under negotiation during 2017.
Despite this, Carswell believes he has been offered the chance to quit the EU, which is why he is falling into lock step behind Cameron, the extremely enthusiastic Europhile.
This decline of the Europlastic marks the rise of the latest tribe. Allow me to introduce the Deludophile.
The Deludophiles are characterised by a staggering capacity for deception giving rise to rank delusion, where they detach from reality to kid themselves and others that this radical overhaul of the EU and referendum in 2017 can actually be delivered.
Carswell has formally joined the tribe this week. The leaden Leadsom is the matriarch of this breed getting disproportionate coverage from an unquestioning and lazy media for her ‘Fresh Start’ group, and this morning the group’s young prince and Cameron suck up, James Wharton, was on the Sunday Politics (link to follow when it’s released) explaining his plans to revive the Deludophiles’ ludicrous Tory election ploy known as the Referendum Bill.
The aim behind the Deludophiles’ efforts are a Tory election victory. Nothing else matters. It’s the only Tory agenda in town. This effort to talk up the referendum-that-can-never-be is grounded in tricking voters into believing if they vote for the pro-EU Conservatives they will finally get their say on EU membership, thus buying into the delusion.
We will be seeing plenty more of these lightweights peddling their myths in the weeks and months ahead. Conservative HQ will see to it. Being wise to them and the reality about the supposed referendum will make it easier for people to refute their nonsense in comment threads. Keep ’em peeled!