Lord Heseltine rises to Chris Bryant’s EU bait
Lord Heseltine has predicted that David Cameron will be ‘forced into a swift and humiliating retreat on Europe if he wins power’.
Excellent. Fantastic. Just what we need.
So now we know that Chris Bryant was right: David Cameron is either incompetent or ‘downright fibbing’. At least that is what Lord Heseltine implies, or indeed, makes rather explicit. The former deputy prime minister predicts that Conservatives in the European Parliament will rejoin the European People’s Party (EPP) soon after the election. The Times reports that he ‘warned the party leadership at a private meeting last week that its currently Eurosceptic stance would be deeply damaging to Britain’s foreign policy interests. He suggested that the Conservative leader would inevitably have to “reach an accommodation” with the EPP — even though that would be extremely difficult to achieve without losing face and enraging party activists’.
He’s not wrong on that point.
And Cranmer cannot see how Conservative MEPs could possibly pursue such a path, having all just been elected on a platform and manifesto pledge to leave the EPP.
But while the oldest internecine fissure opens up once again within the Conservative Party (caused, please note, by one of the Europhile wing), the campaign for President Blair gathers apace. According to David Milliband, Tony Blair would have the motorcade factor: he would ‘stop the traffic in Beijing and Moscow’.
Well, he didn't quite manage to come to Jerusalem in the clouds and descend with great power and glory to the Mount of Olives. So perhaps Beijing and Moscow will be easier fare.
But according to The Guardian, Mr Blair has got to launch a dynamic campaign now or he might not fulfil his religio-political destiny. Cranmer was struck by Mr Miliband’s comments:
"I think he, like me, is waiting to see what kind of person Europe wants, because the choice is not primarily his, the choice is for Europe."
One might expect the Foreign Secretary to be able to distinguish between Europe and the EU: it is also wholly misleading to present the new President as ‘the choice of Europe’. Setting aside the absence of a distinctly European demos, there is no sense in which ‘Europe’ has agreed that it needs a president at all: indeed, those countries who rejected the proposal were badgered and bludgeoned into making the ‘right’ decision. And there is also no sense in which President Blair will be elected by the will of the people: he will be appointed by a self-serving, self-perpetuating oligarchy. If ‘the choice is for Europe’, it is revealing that David Miliband believes ‘Europe’ to be synonymous with EU leaders: Europe is just 27 men and women.
Or is it 26?
As Cranmer consults his lawyers today (for he is still sorely distracted, not to say incredibly urinated afar by the continuing gross injustice he painfully endures), he shall be praying that today’s hearing in the Czech Constitutional Court will determine that the Lisbon Treaty does indeed impinge upon the country's sovereignty.
President Vaclav Klaus sees this. How can a constitutional court not?