European union and the true face of xenophobia
Yesterday, the irrepressible Roundhead Douglas Carswell wrote that being a member of the European Union undermines the rationale for voting Conservative. "More and more Conservatives are starting to realise that we simply cannot achieve the kind of changes that we want and remain members of the European Union on current terms," he wrote. From trade to immigration; from energy to defence - and even the functioning of democracy itself - everything must comply with EU regulations and diktats, over which the proclamations of our once-hallowed Parliament have about as much political influence and binding force as a copy of The Beano (©Keith Vaz).
And so "more and more Conservatives have begun to wake up to (the EU's) implications", Mr Carswell says. And this revelation coincides with a poll on ConservativeHome which suggests that Daniel Hannan MEP is the favourite (of Conservative Party members) to be the UK's next EU Commissioner, with John Redwood coming a very creditable second. As Paul Goodman notes: "The members are to the right of party centre... Between them, Hannan and Redwood took over half the vote."
Highly entertaining, but we know that the Conservative Party elite no longer listens to its members.
Lord Deben (formerly John Selwyn Gummer MP) is of the view that those Conservatives who want to exit the EU are simply "xenophobes". Proper Tories, he avers, are naturally pro-EU, "don't deny climate change, (and) can distinguish populism from politics".
Just like his politically enlightened and moderate friend Tim Yeo.
Meanwhile, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is surveying the horrific atrocities in South Sudan. Yesterday, he prayed at a mass grave awaiting the burial of church-workers recently murdered in the ongoing conflict. Half a million people there have been displaced; houses are burned; cars are wrecked and bodies litter the streets. The Archbishop tweeted that this is "a place of evil deeds". He said: "What we saw today in Bor was truly devastating. The truth must be established, the victims recognised and the suffering acknowledged."
You see, torture, murder and genocide are the authentically evil consequences of actual extremism and absolute xenophobia. But according to Germany Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, it is extremist eurosceptic groups like Ukip which are the real threat to our peace and security. Like Lord Deben says of eurosceptic Conservatives, Herr Steinmeier believes that those who want to leave the EU are the real fanatics, extremists and xenophobes.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, along with the destitute and traumatised millions across the Sudan, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo - suffering malaria, dysentery, pneumonia and malnutrition - must find it impossible to grasp what on earth Herr Steinmeier and Lord Deben are blathering on about.