CAMERON TOLD TO ACT NOW ON AN EU REFERENDUM OR FACE DEFEAT TO THE UKIP – The Tories, Labour and Liberal Democrats don’t want to pull out of the EU; it is after all where they will all end up once their careers have spectacularly failed in the UK. Well that’s my take on it; after all the signs are clear for everyone to see and how many of our failed politicians now have a cushy job with a platinum pension in the halls of Brussels?
Unfortunately the growing tide of public discontent for EU interference in our laws and the never ending amount of taxpayer funds channeled into the EU has left the public with a nasty taste in their mouths, complete disillusionment and empty wallets.
The mere suggestion that the EU will ever become a well oiled and publicly accountable machine is complete folly. EU commissioners care about one thing and that is complete and utter control through a totalitarianism dictatorship where everyone has to tow the line. It’s a bit like North Korea without any of the benefits of so-called social harmony; because as we become more integrated with the multitude of cultures this will, as it is now, simply divide us further.
There appears to be a lot of shuffling in the halls of Parliament with connotations and whispers of Tory defection to UKIP. This is not surprising when you look at how ineffectual the Tory lead Coalition Government has become in controlling the EU’s insatiable lust for power and a coalition partner, the Liberal Democrats, who simply remain on the fence waiting for the winning side to announce victory before it jumps off.
There are now calls for immediate and decisive action on giving the public what they want and what they want is a referendum on our partnership with the EU.
Cameron has indicated that he would support a back-bench attempt to legislate for an In/Out referendum but the question is, when?
Since last week’s Local Elections; where Government witnessed a surge in UKIP support, most notably on the back of the promise of a referendum, many senior Tories are now stating the obvious fact that Tory MPs will begin to defect to UKIP if positive steps are not taken to produce such a referendum. Let’s be honest about this; no politician, Tory or otherwise, wants to be involved in a party that is on the losing end of the stick and the public’s support for UKIP is not going to diminish any time soon.
While we see and hear many of the British public openly berate the Government over its continuous failings to answer to the people there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that some are so incensed that extreme measures are being taken.
Yesterday a full page advertisement was taken out in The Times. The advertisement was from a very disgruntled member of the public and was created as an ‘open letter’ to the Government. The charge for such a full page feature is a staggering £16,645 and clearly demonstrates that some people are prepared to take extreme measures in order to get their Government to sit down and listen to what the public wants.
This now leads me to the obvious question of; ‘what does the public want?’ On this face of it a referendum on Europe is the biggest issue, but this leads to yet another question; ‘will the public vote for an exit?’ The only way to answer that question is to implement two things, the first being a full account of the advantages and disadvantages of our membership. The second is obvious and that is to provide such a referendum.
The issue really comes down to the facts, the advantages and disadvantages, and whether we trust our Government sufficiently to provide a full and impartial list. The problem with this lies within the area of ‘trust’ and it is becoming apparently obvious that the British people simply do not hold sufficient trust in the Government to be able to make an informed decision.
In order for the Government to stem a possible wave of defection it firstly needs a change in policy and that is to tell the bloody truth; because without this we all face uncertainty and while the truth is often painful to hear it is necessary if the UK is going to drag itself out of the recession, put a stop to the hordes of scrounging foreign immigrants and finally put a stop to the EU abusing its position that simply rapes the taxpayer at every possible opportunity.
Lord Nigel Lawson, Margaret Thatcher’s longest serving Chancellor and once staunch supporter of the EU has even called upon the Government to pull out of the EU as it has become a ‘bureaucratic monstrosity’ and that the costs of leaving the EU would be substantially outweighed by the benefits of such an action.
In the meantime, with a possible mass defection, Cameron is still pinning his hopes of gaining more ‘concessions’ from the EU but these are seen as inconsequential to the ever increasing interference and cost to the taxpayer by senior Tories and the public.
It really is time for Cameron to lay his cards on the table and provide clear evidence of the advantages and disadvantages and then provide the public with a referendum and let the cards lay where they fall.
As Pat Condell put it; the next General Election will seal the fate of the UK and if that fate lies within our continued marriage with the EU then we will end up as the abused spouse and no matter how much complaining we do to the authorities our cries of abuse will be ignored.
The current viewpoint now, among many Tory MPs is that David Cameron needs to do more and provide at the minimum legislation that will allow for an EU referendum in 2017 or better yet a referendum before the next General Election in 2015.
Considering the public unrest and the magnitude of the consequences of remaining in the EU this very issue alone will seal the fate of the Tory party in the 2015 General Election and if public opinion holds true then as it is now the Tories will not be voted for another term.
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