Britons are betrayed by Political class over the EU referendum

Political class betrays Brits over EU

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:58:30 GMT

In a speech that changes the landscape of British politics, Ed Miliband [the head of Britain’s main opposition Labour party] finally makes it clear that he has no intention of calling a referendum on this country’s membership of the European Union.

Thus, the leader of the ‘people’s party’ shows his contempt for the people – who, in poll after poll, have demanded a say.

Leave aside that Mr Miliband tries to have it both ways, suggesting he would indeed call a referendum – but only in the ‘unlikely’ event of any attempt to transfer further powers from Britain to Brussels.

Clearly, this is just a feeble attempt to placate the eurosceptic wing of his own party – which, incidentally, includes many of his union paymasters.

No, what emerges from his speech, with utter transparency, is his devoted commitment to the EU and his unshakeable determination to deny the British people their long-promised vote.

Of course, the electorate is well used to being betrayed over Europe by members of our arrogant, out-of-touch, we-know-best, metropolitan political class.

Over the past decade, both Labour and the Tories [members of the ruling Conservative party] have broken apparently copper-bottomed pledges to give us our say on our relationship with Brussels.

Even the eurofanatic Nick Clegg [the head of the Liberal Democratic party], the Madame Fifi of politics, went into the last election on a manifesto promise that is worth quoting in full:

“The EU has evolved significantly since the last public vote on membership over 30 years ago. Liberal Democrats therefore remain committed to an in/out referendum the next time a British government signs up for fundamental change in the relationship between the UK and the EU.”

Yet this treacherous epitome of the political class has spent the past four years fiercely resisting every Tory proposal to give voters their say.

Indeed, could it be part of Mr Miliband’s cynical calculation that his own opposition to a referendum will make him the Lib Dems’ first choice for a coalition partner next time?

Either way, what makes his stance so significant is that it opens up clear blue water between the parties on this matter of profound constitutional importance.

For today, the Conservatives are alone among the three traditional parties in offering an unequivocal pledge to call an in-out referendum before the end of 2017.

And this time, David Cameron has left himself no wriggle-room to escape from his promise, without destroying his own and his party’s credibility for ever.
This leaves Ukip [UK Independence Party] supporters in an agonising dilemma. For the paradox is that, by threatening to split the Tory vote and allow Labour in, they now represent the greatest obstacle to the referendum that offers them their best chance of achieving their dearest wish.

If Mr Cameron [Prime Minister David Cameron] is as adroit as the Mail believes, he will exploit this opportunity to his full advantage.

As for Nigel Farage’s [the head of UKIP] supporters, isn’t the clear message that if they really want that referendum, they should use their votes tactically to keep Labour out?

A political Prince
It is not often that the Mail supports the Guardian. But the chattering classes’ favourite paper has it right when it goes to court claiming the public should be allowed to see letters written by the Heir to the Throne to government ministers.

Prince Charles surely cannot demand immunity from freedom of information laws, on the grounds that he must preserve his political neutrality, while at the same time interfering in politics.

After his defeat in the Court of Appeal, Attorney General Dominic Grieve should stop wasting taxpayers’ money on fighting transparency.

As for the Prince, whom we admire, may we respectfully suggest that if he wishes to keep his views private, he should stop writing to ministers?

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