Monday, 24 October 2011

EU Referendum Debate

I have been following the debate leading up to the parliamentary vote on our membership of the EU caused by a petition bearing 100,000 signatures from members of the public. I have been staggered by the quality of the contributions from those branded as 'eurosceptic'.

Clearly some politicians still have consciences and are not intimidated by the party whips. They understand the cynicism of the general public and in many cases share it. Everything that we have believed about the EU being an undemocratic hindrance to UK growth has been advanced as the truth.

These independently spirited MPs have blasted away the EU myth. It is obvious that none of them will ever have ministerial career so they should do the right thing. They should resign the whip and form their own party. It would then include some of the most charismatic speakers in the House.

These are the real democrats, people who believe in our ancient parliamentary procedure and their conduct and passion has put the leaders of their parties, who have implemented a three line whip for tonight's vote, to shame.

If I was David Cameron I would be extremely worried. There are too many of them. They are not sheep and they understand the problem far too well. At last the real Conservatives have found a voice and it is a joy to behold. Such a shame that my own MP is not amongst them but then I never expected her to be there. Her ambition will always outweigh her beliefs and probably her ability.

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