People who voted UKIP in the General Election voted with their hearts. It felt good to be saying ‘No more Europe’ and to be cheering along to Nigel Farage’s excellent speeches. But look at the effects.
In 2005, Blair might have been deprived of a majority if eurosceptics had all voted Conservative. Many are non-voters. The Conservative Party would have been driven onto an even more strongly eurosceptic stance by the weight of eurosceptic numbers inside the tent.
THE EU IS WINNING
The EU is winning the game this week with its obtaining of police powers, and the arrest of the five English boys and their transfer to Greek jails though they did nothing at all. Make no mistake. Control of the Conservative Party is the only battlefield that counts if we want to fight these pernicious developments.
If we were counting carrots into a bag, I’m sure everyone would get it.
See yesterday’s council election result from Rotherham –
Sitwell ward, Rotherham
Con – 45% (-13)
Lab – 32% (+12)
Lib Dem – 4% (-18)
Ind – 9%(+9)
UKIP – 9% (+9)
Once a very safe Conservative seat, now with LIb Dems obliterated, Labour are back in contention. UKIP’s 9% is enough to mean that labour might stand a chance of winning. Any damage done by UKIP standing in General Elections in the past will be as nothing to what could happen next. Labour could win the next GE, if this pattern replicates. (I assume the Independent took previous Lib Dem votes. If so, more could have gone to Labour, making this a marginal ).
As for David Cameron, there is also still the chance, however remote, that he is playing a double game – cooperating with the EU for now, but ready to make moves when the time is right. That is not something to discount to zero, even now. But if, as time goes by, he shows himself to be a traitor, the only battle that matters is still for the Conservative Party, and getting blue cabbages into the bag.
Remember this quote from Mayor of London Boris Johnson, before he became Mayor –
“We want a new breed of MPs who will consistently tell the whips to get stuffed; who will smash the brutal and intellectually enervating system of party discipline that turns Westminster into a kind of Seventies Leyland car factory, apathetically turning out badly assembled laws to plague the people of this country”.
– Boris Johnson, 25th May 2009
The rebellion of the 118 Conservative MPs who blocked the attempt to stifle the 1922 Committee shows that this aspiration of Boris is starting to happen. There are a good few nice blue cabbages in the bag now. Let’s do all we can to fill the bugger. Make no mistake, if we fail to do that, the Lib Dem tendency will succeed in turning the party further and further away from where eurosceptics want it to go.
Read this from Tim Montgomerie of Conservative Home –