I have been writing on this blog for over 5 years that if the Tories were to get in to office their anti-EU rhetoric would melt like snow in the Sahara. And so it has come to pass. As I have repeatedly said, those Tories who believed for a nano-second that the election of a Conservative government would be the first step in redefining Britain’s approach to the EU were/are truly delusional.
Every Conservative government in the last 40 years has dug us deeper and deeper in to the European project, and yet some how they have succeeded in persuading a whole range of people across the political spectrum that they are true British patriots and standard bearers of the Eurosceptics.
So David Cameron ‘negotiates’ a £430 million increase in our contribution to the EU budget (exactly the same figure that was agreed back in May)… and comes back declaring he has won a great victory and pronouncing “I am a Eurosceptic”. And Liam Fox, portrayed by many as an arch hawk on the Tory right is able to proudly pronounce that a closer alliance with the French is good for Britain.
Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose… as Liam and Dave’s friends will no doubt be whispering behind their backs.