More on the "real" euroscepticism as displayed by the Conservative Party or, at least, some of its members, who remain nameless (apart from the few we know about already) and well below the parapet whenever a vote is required. Iain Martin, who, in the past assured us of the Conservatives' basic euroscepticism and was stunned by the "strange death of Conservative euroscepticism" before assuring us that Conservative rebellions over Europe are about to happen, then doing it again, is at it once more.
Half the Tory MPs, he tells us excitedly, want to come out of the EU and lists all the reasons why they might want to do so, reasons that will not exactly surprise readers of this blog. Liam Fox and Iain Duncan Smith are particularly angry. Mr Fox, in my hearing, made it clear that he thought a close defence alliance with France will have no more effect on NATO than a close alliance with America did and since Mr Duncan Smith is busy playing the meaningless populist game of calling on British firms to hire British school leavers whether they want to or not, it does not seem to me to be of any importance what else they might like to say very quietly to Mr Martin.
Still, whatever happens, it is the Conservatives we should trust on the European issue, is it not? Hmmm. That Porcine Air Force is about to take off.
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