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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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Lord Tyler writes: Don’t listen to the doomsayers

Since the publication of the Government’s White Paper and Draft Bill on House of Lords reform, the old guard have lined up to cavil about its detail, to deride its democratic principles and to defend – in the last ditch – the status quo.

This has augmented the popular media’s predisposition towards arch cynicism and trenchant pessimism. Yet there is firm evidence to contradict their lazy assumptions. Just because Labour engaged in over a decade of dither and delay does not mean that a determined government, with the resolve of the House of Commons behind it, cannot succeed.

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  • User AvatarHilton Marlton 20th Jan - 4:01pm
    Great article Caron. Really clear. Thanks for posting it.
  • User AvatarJoe Bourke 20th Jan - 4:00pm
    Peter Martin, from the Libdem economic plan https://www.libdems.org.uk/economy "Liberal Democrats reject the Conservative Government’s damaging and irrational commitment to run budget surpluses on both capital...
  • User AvatarJenny Barnes 20th Jan - 3:59pm
    from conservative home https://www.conservativehome.com/thetorydiary/2019/01/25-questions-about-another-early-general-election.html
  • User AvatarDavid Blake 20th Jan - 3:54pm
    One difficulty for the Tories is that there'd be almighty battles in a few constituencies where there are anti-Brexit candidates. i suppose, though, that a...
  • User AvatarJoe Bourke 20th Jan - 3:37pm
    Innocent Bystander, As John Maynard Keynes biographer, Robert Skidelsky has been at pains to point out the role played by uncertainty in shaping economic outcomes...
  • User AvatarKatharine Pindar 20th Jan - 3:34pm
    A refreshing read, good for Tom Brake, coming clean like that. Now, as Richard C. suggests, the benefits of immigration will need to be stressed...