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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 AvatarCaron Lindsay 29th May - 5:57pm
    @Andrew Please do not make false statements about people. While Gareth is not the biggest fan of the Scottish party, and I think he is...
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    Richard Underhill. Have you ever put the TV on to watch something, then thought this is tripe or flicked through channels? That's how I know.
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    Matthew Huntbach Yes to everything you said in your latest comment , apart from the use of the arguing word , as I am certainly...
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    Paul, that's under Communities, Equalities and Social Security, too.
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    No exit poll on referendum, pollsters cannot agree, result about 5 am. Bite the ballot. Avoid complacency.
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    Glenn: How do you know it's tripe if you don't watch it? From the recipe website perhaps?