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Reader’s Comment of the Day: Cameron’s evasions play into Eurosceptic hands


In response to David Keighley: Big business and big broadcasting. How the establishment stitches up the Europe vote, Nockian wrote:

Yet all of the BBC’s mammoth powers failed to put Ed on the throne and the polls failed to predict Cameron’s victory.

I watched the dire Question Time on Thursday night. It was clearly a return to the socialist in-crowd that usually haunts Dimbleby’s makeshift studios. However, they seemed to be united in their condemnation of the EU.

Cameron’s victory was not a endorsement of big business, the banks, or the EU. These things are fairly poisonous for even the ardent Conservative supporter; they are clearly a red line for 4 million Ukip supporters who stayed the course. More importantly, the Greek situation of an anti-austerity socialist Government ( and its more radical counterpart the Greek communist party, who is marching to rid itself of the EU) seemingly under attack from the banks and the EU’s own socialist governments, has made ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’. In a strange about turn, we have Right and Left beginning to coalesce and share a common belief that we are better off out.

Meanwhile ‘cast iron Dave’ is welching on everything he once stood for. Poor old Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, was struggling to sound anything more than a brand slogan attempting to halt the threat of a tsunami.

Suddenly the entire Conservative government looked to be exactly what they are: style over substance. The Eton boys who cried wolf once too often. Clever slogans and PR are fine when seas are calm, but a captain who falters, flaps and panics at the first signs of a storm is not someone who will win over public support. Backing out of his red lines over EU treaty change, backing away from Heathrow and ‘no ifs, no buts’ and whose solution to 30 dead on a Tunisian beach is to call for a change in the name of the terrorist group that carried out these atrocities all make him  look and sound like a weak-kneed, ineffectual sleaze bag.

I said at the outset that Cameron did not have a mandate from the electorate. He won because of the pitiful showing of a deranged group of Labour loons who made UKIP seem a far more sensible alternative even for some solid socialists. I’m wondering now if the Cameron will be to the Eurosceptics what Milliband was to the Conservatives – the gift that keeps on giving.

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