Caroline Jackson MEP ought to be sacked immediately
Caroline Jackson's pronouncement was purposely timed to coincide with the Conservative Party's Euro campaign launch, and Mrs Jackson - who is presently the only female Conservative MEP - decided to assist Mr Cameron by branding his plan a 'pathetic' move which would store up trouble for the party.
Since Mrs Jackson shows no sign of following her husband, the former Conservative higher education minister Robert Jackson, in defecting to Labour, Cranmer is of the opinion that the decision ought to be made for her. This is hardly the sort of loyalty one should feel obliged to tolerate:
She said: "David Cameron's decision on the EPP is pathetic and will sow the seeds of endless trouble. It will leave David Cameron and William Hague very isolated because it will leave bad blood with Christian Democrat parties throughout Europe. It is a stupid, stupid policy.
"The party will probably have to creep back to the EPP and say sorry. The Tories are doing this because the party is run by people whose ultimate agenda is to pull Britain out of the EU. I have been a member of the Conservative party since 1963 and started working for the Conservative Research Department in 1973. This is one of the most dotty escapades the Conservative party had ever embarked on."
The Guardian mischievously links Mrs Jackson's criticisms to those made by Kenneth Clarke back in 2006, when he described Mr Cameron's decision as 'a bit foolish' and 'rather dangerous'.
He is, of course, no longer at liberty to express such views.