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 AvatarLorenzo Cherin 29th Apr - 12:32am
    Excellent from the party and leader. A very solvable problem. No shortage of builders or architects, like with nurses or doctors. Money and strategy and...
  • User AvatarMick Taylor 29th Apr - 12:01am
    Mathew Huntbach. Why do you always have to find a negative in everything? We all know you hated the coalition. That was then, this is...
  • User AvatarAshley Pragnell 28th Apr - 11:48pm
    To Win North East Fife we need to be polling at 12 percent across Scotland! If we get 12 percent we would end up with...
  • User AvatarNeil Sandison 28th Apr - 11:02pm
    Teresa May as a female Davros surrounded by Brexit Daleks saying brexit terminate is amusing but the real challenge is getting the public to demand...
  • User AvatarFiona 28th Apr - 10:49pm
    And dare I say it, one of the benefits of the shipping container scheme is that it's fast to build once you've decided on it....
  • User AvatarFiona 28th Apr - 10:47pm
    Here's the link on the shipping container idea http://www.bigissue.com/news/shipping-containers-answer-londons-housing-crisis/ Just as each homeless person has their own story, each area has its own pressures, so...