Cameron can’t run away from Europe much longer

I won’t be mean-spirited. The leader of the opposition is on a good run, but the deserved plaudits will end next month when he leads his party into the swamp of reactionary politics.

After the European elections, British Conservatives will leave the company of Angela Merkel, Nicolas Sarkozy, Fredrik Reinfeldt and the other moderate centre-right leaders who gather under the banner of European People’s party. Although they share reasonable conservative desires for lower taxes and sound finance, Cameron cannot stick with them because they also believe in a federal Europe. The Tories will ally instead with the proudly ignorant parties of eastern Europe. Know-nothing chauvinism, sexual and religious prejudices, and conspiracy theories from Europe’s dark heart motivate them, but they are against federalism and that is all that matters to Cameron.

Already, we have had the spectacle of the “decontaminated” Conservative party courting the Latvian Fatherland and Freedom party, several of whose MPs marched on 16 March in Riga with veterans of the Latvian SS. In Warsaw, the Tories are as keen to woo the Polish Law and Justice party whose leading figures have variously opined that Obama was the “black messiah of the new left” whose victory marked the “end of the civilisation of the white man” and that “homosexuality will lead to the downfall of civilisation”.

In an effort to hold on to its thankfully falling vote, Law and Justice is backing candidates who once stood for the League of Polish Families, an ultra-religious party which combines authoritarianism and Catholicism and announces its admiration for the efforts General Franco made to “thwart communism” and preserve “traditional values”.

At least Cameron’s Czech allies in the Civic Democrats avoid the old hatreds of Jews, gays and blacks,

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8 thoughts on “Cameron can’t run away from Europe much longer

  1. Gordon Brown and Daniel Hannan MEP have something in common, and it is both are more popular for their Youtube performances than what they usually do through the day. But with Parliament’s standing now reduced to a squat and Brown to soon exit stage trapdoor because of it, in steps David Cameron to become the man who matters. Hannan, who excitedly looks forward to ‘breaking up the monopoly’ of Europe, must be delighted with Cameron’s federal reaction.
    In the interviews I’ve seen with Hannan he has either had an easy ride or the interviewer has botched it when seeking his thoughts on the comments made by those fringe parties with whom they will take sides. Unsure who said what, no attached names were given to them and he just refused to answer something which hardly seemed substansiated. In his news programme debates with someone from Labour, they too have done little to force these points that should harm Cameron’s conservatives. Of course, it’s Cameron himself who should be properly challenged about his big mistake. So the blunders and any lack of understanding about his proposed strategy shouldn’t continue now they have all the information they need in this Observer piece.

  2. Europe is the rock on which the Tories can still horribly break themselves, I suppose. Hard to see what Cameron can do about that except to pretend it doesn’t exist for as long as he can get away with it…

  3. It’s clear that the heat seems to have gone out of the Europe issue, probably because it’s clear that firstly the European integration project has run out of steam and secondly we’re not going to be adopting the Euro for the foreseeable future. I therefore think it’s improbable that Europe will loom as large for the Tory party in the next parliament as it has in the past.

    Also people in general don’t seem to give much of a damn about the Europe issue. UKIP may do well in the Euro elections but mostly because it’s a repository for the votes of people who are anti-politics rather than anti-European.

  4. The problem for British Europhiles (like me) is that the UK public don’t care at all about the internal arrangements of the EU. One third don’t follow politics of any sort anyway, another third don’t follow EU politics. Most of the rest want the UK to pull out of the EU so don’t care if Cameron links up with the Monster Raving Looney Party so long as those Loonies aren’t federalists.

    Be warned. The Conservatives DON’T want to pull the UK out of an increasingly integrated EU; that would leave Britain vunerable and alone. They want to completely change the nature of the EU itself. Notice they are changing British legislation making a UK referendum essential in the case of any further EU treaties; they realise that the British public can be relied upon to say “No” provided the government and the media egging them on.

  5. No doubt the EU was originaly a messy diplomatic politico-economic aliance, in which fishing towns were no “deal breakers”. But it is a rule that European nations develop a democratic culture much later than a modern economic one. No European country has the clean slate of the foundation of the American republic. Although EU is in the enlightened interest of every nation, it will of course be unable to gain people’s alligiances on the basis of reason alone rather than emotion -specially with the rise of identity politics.

    It seems “natural” to keep the 1707 Union and yet, originally this wasn’t exactly a democratic arrangement, not least because of the clearences.

  6. I see Joanna Lumley’s success with the Gurkha campaign as one of British people supporting our former colonies, the commonwealth.
    Having actually lived in Europe for several years and speaking two European languages aside from English, I don’t harbour any fantasies about the European Union.
    The British are not psychologically equipped to be part of it. We, despite the recent corruption in parliament, are relatively straight forward.
    The Europeans are not.
    I won’t vote for any party that is pro-European which is why I have nobody to vote for except a few right-wingers. Can’t vote for them either.

  7. Msmarmitelover, I agree. The only “leave the EU” parties are right wing. If you are a Euro-sceptic but not right wing the only thing you can do is not vote.
    the trouble is you are then counting along with the “Don’t care” and “Is there an election?” folk.

  8. Mima,
    I think there are left of centre politicians who do not want to be part of the EU. There must be. But we don’t know who they are…
    Or perhaps someone can enlighten me?

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