Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Not much Sanity here.

The Telegraph reports the suspension of the leadership of the Falmouth & Cambourne Conservatist Association for the temerity to endorse a video called "Shockwaves" claiming to reveal 'the facts they don't want you to know about the EU'. It's produced by the amusingly named Sanity (Subjects against the Nice Treaty), set up by Ashley Mote, since elected (and suspended) as a UKIP MEP.

While it's understandable that the Tories should be cagy about links to other parties, particularly parties with whom they are competing directly at the hustings, the fact is that for many in the party UKIPs position on Europe seems more attractive than the Tory's own. While for those on the left, the Conservative position is always be too extreme. The Conservatives are in danger of being trapped and outflanked on either side.

If the Conservative leadership wants to avoid the impression that it too is part of the pro EU juggernaut, rolling inexorably towards Euro integration, regardless of the democratic wishes of the British people, it should commit itself to a binding referendum on each and every European treaty, and opposition to each piece of Eurolegislation which doesn't have the support of the British people. It should support the principles of popular democracy and government by consent. It certainly shouldn't gag constituency associations which are more in tune with popular feeling than it's own Central Office.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't the suspension because the video itself was a UKIP video? It's quite a surprise to me if the ban was imposed simply because the video was produced by Sanity, which after all had its own fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference in 2002 or 2003.

9:42 pm  
Blogger Lagwolf said...

Almost as intelligent as those pillocks in the Tory Party who were refering to UKIP in the lead-up to the local elections as the "respectable face of the BNP". What is the Tory Party thinking these days? Have they completely lost the plot?

2:37 pm  

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