Dan Hannan can never serve on the Conservative front bench
Cranmer exhorts his readers and communicants to watch the above video, sent courtesy of Tory Bear, in which Daniel Hannan MEP makes a most excellent speech to the gathered faithful at the Conservative Party’s Spring Conference in Cheltenham.
He may speak from the prestigious conference platform, but he will never serve on the Conservative front bench. This is the unalterable judgement of David Cameron as punishment for Mr Hannan’s membership of ‘Better Off Out’, which is, of course, an ideological heresy.
Why is a talented politician of learning, knowledge, conviction, eloquence, passion, charisma and such a love of Shakespeare able to address a Conservative Party conference, and yet is barred in perpetuity from serving on the Conservative front bench simply by virtue of his membership of a club which happens to believe that the UK is better off out of the EU; a view, incidentally, which is shared by the majority of members of the Conservative Party if not the majority of the population of the country?
In what sense are we ‘better off in’ the euro, the EPP, the CAP, the CFP, the Lisbon Treaty, the ECHR?
Yet Conservative politicians who defy the (present) Party line in their articulation of this pro-EU dogma do so with impunity.
While Mr Hannan is (amongst others) inexplicably and unjustly exiled in perpetuity.
Unless, of course, as Plato observed, the political conference is just pure sophistry. And ‘ever closer union’ is really the covert orthodoxy.