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Monday, December 12, 2005
Breaking Eggs
by Peter

The dispute between Clarke and Cameron over the future of Conservatives and the EPP is the perfect excuse to revive stories about the Tory coalition falling apart.

But let's look at it from another angle: does it mean that Cameron is going to lead the tories into a position of being ultra-nationalist on Europe (thus keeping the "bastards" happy) centrist on the economy, and social issues? Such a position - communicated to the electorate by a fragrancy of Tory ladies - might prove a potent mix. Pure opportunism, of course, but popular.

Except, perhaps, with principled Tories - which is where we came in.
posted by Peter Pigeon @ 2:59 pm  
  • At 12 December, 2005 23:56, Anonymous Valerie said…

    They've handled this whole thing with the EPP incredibly badly - no proper indication of what the MEPs are supposed to be doing after they leave (independent? part of a group of around 80 MEPs based on Hannan's alliance?). They really don't seem to have a clue when it comes to Europe. They have a very basic idea that it needs to change(and I wouldn't disagree) but no idea how to go about it.

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