Tag Archives: stephen dorrell

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.

Posted in News | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and | 7 Comments

Police investigate Tory councillor after comments broadcast on YouTube

The Leicester Mercury reports:

Police are investigating remarks made by a councillor at a meeting to discuss plans for a travellers’ site.

Robert Fraser, county councillor for Groby and Ratby, said Romanians would “stick a knife in you as soon as look at you”, and that some Europeans “make the Irish look like complete amateurs”.

Travellers’ spokesman, Alfred Kefford, said he was outraged by the Conservative councillor’s “racist” comments.

He heard them after footage of the meeting was posted on video website YouTube. He complained to the police.

Today, Coun Fraser, a former county council member for equality, apologised and said he

Posted in News | Also tagged and | 3 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarTsar Nicolas 20th Dec - 1:24pm
    Liberal Al The price of oil and gas are linked so if one goes up in price, so does the other, and vice-versa. If there...
  • User AvatarKen Palmerton 20th Dec - 1:23pm
    My heartfelt thanks to Robin for restarting this discussion amongst Liberals about the Citizens income. Its like stepping back to the 1940s when the Womens...
  • User AvatarPeter Chegwyn 20th Dec - 1:13pm
    Totally agree with David and Nigel. A wonderful tribute by Nick. There was another very moving tribute given at the funeral by Steve Atack which...
  • User AvatarDave G Fawcett 20th Dec - 1:00pm
    'outside the “bastions”, there is no party left either on the ground or at the ballot box.' Theakes, please don't write the rest of us...
  • User AvatarRichard Dean 20th Dec - 12:53pm
    Free petrol? Free cars? Bank of Mum and Dad? Drive on the right if you want? It's just that us workers have to make the...
  • User AvatarJohnTilley 20th Dec - 12:51pm
    david 20th Dec '14 - 12:38pm Clegg's inability to put across the case was the only thing proved by his TV defeat by Farage. If...
Sat 20th Dec 2014
Sat 3rd Jan 2015
Wed 14th Jan 2015
Thu 15th Jan 2015
Fri 16th Jan 2015