How has Davis got himself in this wet position? He promises 8p off income tax at the drop of a hat, yet is unable to commit to change the administrative label tags on Quisling Tory MEPs without lengthy negotiations with the lost souls who have gone tragically and federastically Euro-native.
Step forward dripping Damian Green, erstwhile campaigner for Basher. The man who held Basher’s Euro-policy to ransom. In reality if Basher had committed to quit the EPP, Damian Green would scream, get me out of here!
Stephen Glover in the Indy mentions the troubles the Torygraph has being so in-the-bed with the Conservative Party. Tory leader Michael Howard’s ex-spin doctor, Guy Black, handles corporate affairs for the Telegraph Group, but has taken to interfering in editorial affairs, according to Glover
Mr Black recently issued an instruction to editorial that Daily Telegraph columnists were not to make too much of the attack by Rebekah Wade on her husband. (Mr Black is a close friend of both parties.)
Which is odd, since they are both Labour supporters…
The Notting Hill crowd reckon this is a battle worth fighting – the Tory MEPs could form the future base of a pan-European Altanticist “New Europe”, free trade and free markets faction. But leaving the large EPP faction would involve the immediate loss of some privileges, perhaps fewer MEP family members on the payroll, maybe Belgian Bob would no longer be in charge of the European Committee on Stationery Control Technology.
Guido reckons the loss of Tory influence in the EPP would be welcome. The Tories always seem to be influenced in one direction – towards the inertia and corrupt ways of their fellow Euro-politicians. The European parliament seems like a vast international student union debating society funded by Europe’s taxpayers. Who knows, the Tories might even gain influence, with the horse-trading and compromises going in their direction for a change.
Labour sleaze : its John Major time all over again. Previous posts.
UPDATE : from a blog reading source“overheard a senior Tory MEP discussing Cameron’s decision to leave the EPP. He said that they will most likely rebel against the plan and tell Cameron there are other, more important fights for him to fight. It was said that it is wrong to appease the Eurosceptic likes of Bill Cash.”
So many MPs have publicly dumped their support for Davis its embarrassing, although entirely in keeping with Tory tradition. One case intrigues Guido: who was the Davis campaign team MP who told Denis MacShane in Brussels when asked why he wasn’t back in Westminster campaigning for Basher, that “there was no point in flogging a dead horse”? (A tale recounted gleefully to Andrew Marr).
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Ken let the cat out of the bag about Ed on 10 o’Clock Live last night:
“He is genuinely a socialist. And that is why I am delighted we finally got one because we haven’t had one for some time leading the Labour Party.”
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