Is EPP Withdrawal Dangled Before the Right?

A cynical Guido wonders if the EPP withdrawal issue is to Cameron what Fox-hunting was to Blair. Whenever Blair was having a little difficulty with the backbenchers a fox-hunting vote would be found time for, or it would be promised. Blair didn’t really care about the issue, it was a useful prospect to dangle to left-wing MPs.

Cameron gave a firm promise during the hustings to the Tory right that EPP withdrawal would be a priority. Various versions of the promise related to Guido say it was that it would happen “in the first week” or by last Christmas. Cameron has some plausible excuses for it not happening immediately, but it is also a handy prospect to dangle before the right-wing press and restless backbenchers. If the Euro-Tories really wanted to, they could do it immediately with an open invitation to the Poles and Czechs to join them as and when…

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Councillor John Thomas, Keith Vaz’s Leicester East Constituency Labour Party Chairman says…

“This is great disappointment to me, realising that I have spent over 30 years of my life working for a party that I now know that I have nothing in common with. This is not the party I joined, the party for decent working people. I can no longer follow the clown that leads the Labour Party, he is heavily influenced by the Trotskyite Len McCluskey and is now as the Hoki Coki leader, in out, and shake it all about he has turned this great party into a laughing stock.”


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