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Proof that not *all* Tories are bonkers on Europe (and nor was Mrs Thatcher)

margaret thatcher europeAmidst all the Tory Euro-hysteria (‘Eurotic’, I’ve heard it described as: and I seriously hope I didn’t mis-hear) it’s easy to forget there are a few Tories, a diminishing if stoic band, who have kept tight hold of their senses.

And though it was David Cameron’s desperate last-ditch pitch for the job of Tory leader — his 2005 promise to his party’s Europhobes to withdraw the Tories from the mainstream centre-right EPP alliance, a policy even David Davis wouldn’t touch — which has, slowly but inevitably, dragged the party ever more fringewards, a few of his backbenchers remain hopeful they can persuade him, even now, to do the sensible thing.

Here’s some of what they’ve written to him:

We acknowledge the EU’s shortcomings and understand the desire and, under the Lisbon Treaty the possibility, to repatriate powers. However, we do our nation, as well as Europe, a disservice by not confidently exerting the same level of engagement and leadership as we demonstrate in organisations such as NATO, the G8, the UN Security Council or the Commonwealth.

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  • User AvatarPaul Walter 21st Oct - 5:33pm
    The way he is holding the document makes it relatively obvious he is doing it on purpose.
  • User AvatarCaron Lindsay 21st Oct - 5:24pm
    #iagreewithAlice. This is a chance for Nick to right a huge wrong. We should have had a woman in the Cabinet a long time ago....
  • User AvatarRobin McGhee 21st Oct - 5:19pm
    Great article! Really can't see a reason not to have Jo Swinson in as Scottish Secretary, at the very least.
  • User AvatarHelen Tedcastle 21st Oct - 5:18pm
    I agree with Caron Lindsay - well said.
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    Just to repeat my point, you don't have to have a surplus to start reducing the relative size of the debt, if the economy is...
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    @ Bill le Breton If there isn't, we're going to be heading deeper and deeper into a debt spiral from which it will be difficult...