Friday, May 21, 2010

So not an EUsceptic at all then Dave.

Well Cameron confirmed today what we all suspected save only for the odd deluded Tory still aggrieved over the amount of votes UKIP got that cost them a majority.

BBC.
Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to play a constructive role in Europe after holding talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
At their meeting in Berlin, the leaders discussed attempts to contain Europe's debt crisis and wider EU co-operation.
Mr Cameron said he wanted a "strong and positive partnership" with Germany.
He said the UK wanted a strong Eurozone but ruled out the UK agreeing to any future EU treaty transferring further powers from Westminster to Brussels.
On his first foreign trip as UK leader Mr Cameron held talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday before moving onto Berlin.
In a press conference in the German capital, Mr Cameron said there was "no question" of the UK agreeing to the transfer of any further powers from Westminster to Brussels - seen as a potential fault line in the UK's relationship with Europe.
He said any treaty proposing such a transfer of sovereignty was "not likely to happen" in the foreseeable future, a position supported by the German leader.
Although the UK would not be joining the Euro, Mr Cameron said it was in the interest of Europe for the countries using the single currency to enjoy growth and stability.
This man is clearly no EUsceptic, nor are the top echelons of the Tory party and those who told us that the Tories would do something about the EU were clearly deluding themselves. Wanting a strong Eurozone would be fine if the UK weren't getting tapped for money left right and centre to prop it up nor does "no question" of the UK agreeing to the transfer of any further powers from Westminster to Brussels make you an EUsceptic either, it just makes you neutral.
If Cameron really was an EUsceptic, he'd offer us a referendum on in or out, or at the very least a referendum on the re-ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. As it is, he isn't and the body of evidence grows that Cameron is not the man the Tories thought he was, then again his attempt at emasculating the 1922 committee should already have set alarm bells ringing for his MP's and grass roots anyway. He seeks power, not for the UK, not for the Tories, but to make his position unassailable from anyone who might disagree with his position on policies.
This man is no EUsceptic, he is however very dangerous and I doubt the Tories will be able to do much about him for a long, long while as he's removed their ability to do so.

3 annotations:

Antisthenes said...

This is nothing to do with Eurosceptism it is just a matter of pragmatism. The disintegration of the EU in other than an orderly manner would be disastrous for the UK. So it is incumbent upon Cameron to support the EU and the euro-zone at the moment. His words and actions does not as yet indicate his true stance on the EU.

John R said...

Yet more evidence (if t'were needed) that although CallMeDave might be a Consevative he just isnt conservative.

Anonymous said...

What Antisthenes said. UKIP may or may not have prevented a Tory majority but the fact is that a significant proportion (especially young people around my age (23)) support the EU and furthermore may even want the whole political integration stuff. A referendum on reratification would be silly as the amendments are not major. The correct time to have the referendum was when CMD offered his "cast-iron" thing.

I still don't know why he did it. It was a very stupid thing to do as it was obvious the treaty would be ratified, and all the idiots would start talking about his "U-turn" when it was the only thing he could do. If he had instead waited for the original ratification, then campaigned with a promise for the referendum afterwards, he would have a solid majority by now.

An interesting thing to note is the Guardian article written by Cameron nearly a year ago, in which he advocates a Con-Dem coalition! So his "true stance on the EU" is probably the one he espouses now, and we do need to get rid of him eventually. Right now, however, he is all we've got.