“We’re celebrating the wrong day…”
“We’re celebrating the wrong day…”
The Cameroons believe down to their DNA that a governing majority is to be found at the centre of politics. Last night where UKIP stood they polled 14% on average, the BBC calculating that for every 10% UKIP polls, the Tories lose 5% of their support. UKIP is clearly gaining traction as more than just a Euro-election voting option. The Cameroons kid themselves that they can be more credibly centrist and win more votes from the centre party without losing their right-of-centre base.
Last night Baroness Warsi smeared UKIP by associating them with the BNP. Their own activists don’t believe it, it is noticeable just how many activists the Conservative youth and students wings are haemorrhaging to UKIP. This decade long splintering of the right-of-centre vote is madness, a huge opportunity for sanity is opening up ahead of the next election, one which it seems even Lord Mandelson is willing to embrace. He has briefed The Sun this morning:
“I believe a referendum on this will be necessary because parties can’t reconcile their own differences and come to a final conclusion. A referendum would be a healthy means of re-establishing a consensus among Britons about Britain’s place in the world and role Europe should play in that.”
An In/Out referendum is a chance to settle the Europe question for generations and re-unite the right-of-centre majority in Britain. UKIP and the Tories would be campaigning on the same platform. Farage and most of UKIP would in those circumstances come back into the fold, the Conservatives would then have their best shot at winning a majority in decades. Before the 2015 general election David Cameron needs once more to make a “big, open, comprehensive offer” and secure his place in history by winning an In/Out referendum. Nigel Farage doesn’t want to be in Brussels a day longer than he has to be, it is time to bring him home…
In a Telegraph interview the drippingly wet Greg Barker when asked about the need for a change of direction following a poll giving UKIP 11% support and surveys showing 10% of Tory voters from 2010 have switched to UKIP retorted:
“We don’t need to follow UKIP into swivel-eyed rhetoric.”
As ConservativeHome notes, that is hardly the way to win back lost supporters. What struck Guido most was that Greg Barker, a screaming climate change racket fanatic, is really on dodgy ground with that line. Look into his eyes…
UPDATE: Within a minute of publishing Greg Barker sportingly tweets:
Looks like one important sector of Irish commercial life is preparing for a post-€uro future if this pub sign in Duncannon, Wexford, is anything to go by. Cheers..
EU Foreign Minister and national embarrassment Cathy Ashton is in hot water this morning after equating yesterday’s tragic murders at a Jewish school in Toulouse with “what is happening in Gaza.” The Israeli Foreign Minister, Defence Minister and Leader of the Opposition have all called for her to retract the statement or to resign, and quite justifiably so. If she is sacked she could always get a column on the Guardian…
This badly judged advert about nasty foreigners in Asia, Africa and the Americas was launched by the EU and then immediately withdrawn because of overwhelming bad feedback. It reveals the EU’s closed protectionist mindset.
Hat-tip: ASI Blog.
If the horse jokes were not bad enough, while Cameron was still at the Despatch Box, the news emerged that one of the Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party, Mark Pritchard, has quit his role in order to be able to speak out against the government.
This stalwart of the right was a key player in the referendum rebellion last year and away from the microphones is one of the PM’s fiercest critics. Guido had a few beers with Mark Pritchard at Tory confernece back in October, he was a bit “What’s it all about Alfie?” even then.
Expect fireworks here…
UKIP must be doing something right when even the liberal metropolitan elite are discussing their high profile defections over macchiatos this morning. In the Guardian, Sir Michael White thinks he has found the future leader of the Eurosceptics, and he’s not talking about Roger Helmer MEP, who finally had enough of Sayeeda Warsi and jumped from the Tories this weekend:
“Smartly dressed and well-spoken, sporting long blonde hair and 3in heels, she does not fit the Ukip stereotype. No blazer and regimental tie, no beard or beer gut, Swann is researching a PhD on 19th century social Darwinism and the small state”
The lines from former CF Chairman Alexandra Swann’s speech that could really stick “are this Liberal Democrat led government” and David Cameron being “as true a Conservative as Belgium is a real country.” She certainly got the room going…
Guido has said it before; history will be far kinder to Alistair Darling than any of his old government colleagues. This morning he’s the boy pointing at the €uro-emperor’s new clothes with vigour. While his Labour colleagues are silent, he popped up on Today to warn that he was “very sceptical” that the Greek bailout will work and that the Greeks could “stick to eight years of austerity”.
He warned that the Greeks will be “back at the table” for more money. Meanwhile Osborne is saying this morning that the Greeks do not have any other option despite how difficult this is. Now that just isn’t true…
Guido’s Column | Sun
NUT’s Loony Defence of Status Quo | Jago Pearson
A Dozen Reasons to Be Cheerful | John McTernan
Political Bloggers Are Equal Opportunities Attackers | ConHome
Michael Gove Should Resign | Conservative Women
Sarah Wollaston’s Naming and Shaming of Bloggers | LibDemVoice
Fraser Nelson: Put Your Money on Ed Miliband to Win | Guardian
Guido Fawkes is Too Aggressive | The Times
Ditch Tobacco Plain Packaging | Grassroots Conservatives
What Farage, Boris and Rob Ford Have in Common | William Walter
Labour Spell New Adviser’s Name Wrong | ITV
Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:
“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.
Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).
Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.
I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”