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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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    So, it's not a "silly idea", at least not on the surface, Adam, but it is not going to happen, of course. I am sure...
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    Alisdair Your point would only hold if you assume that "Britain" all wants the same type of thing, or reforms, from a changed EU. I...
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    A referendum in 2008 on the Lisbon Treaty would have been brilliant - Clegg campaigning with Brown and Cameron, the Tory and Labour parties split,...
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    GF Sounds good to me --"...Cut the number down to 12 ........ All should be elected, non ex-officio and notthe grateful (and loyal) recipients of...
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    We have now gone through decades where trendy types engage in these "look at me" protests, while actual electoral politics has steadily shifted rightwards. All...