Eur-anything has poisoned party politics now for far too long. Across the political divide neither party can agree or disagree or even agree to disagree. It’s quite simply a shambles that successive governments will just have to bear the brunt of. An issue that will never go away and I’m afraid the raison d’etre for Mr Nigel Farage.
Apart from the slight divulgence into the ethics of horse meat consumed regarding the British beef burger scandal, it was hard to find a five minute window in which the lacklustre nature of his unfound critique shied away from an intolerable disposition to bang on about ‘the bloody foreigners’ during Thursday’s Question Time. It’s both him and populist tabloid skulduggery that distorts a cultured consciousness amongst many struggling in today’s economy…providing an unjustified scapegoat for the problems associated with the demise of the welfare state (as if Cameron hadn’t already succeeded in conjuring a bitter division of the ‘deserving’ and ‘underserving scroungers’).
Somebody needs to lead, and it’s evident that neither party is in any fit state to do so. With the ‘dinosaurs’ such as Heseltine twisting the knife that was once felt so bitterly by Thatcher, and an indecisive Miliband failing to capitalise strength in the weakness of Tory division, we may see UKIP endure great prosperity.
This is worrying, very worrying indeed. Ok, Farage I’ll admit has quashed the excessiveness of his dangerous mantra that once flew on the back of rallying planes, offering a surprising glimpse of ‘compassion’ for the struggling citizens of Bulgaria on the panel at the BBC. Yet his façade in playing the lonely man of Europe holds deep-rooted and excessive right-wing ideology upon scratching the surface. He’s a dangerous man that plays into the fears of dramatised figures in proposing foreign intrusion as the fuel of national decline. Whilst there can hardly be contention on the ever growing supranational nature with which Brussels pursues, it’s all too easy to find solace in the promise of a man who leads a party of “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists” (Not my words of course, but those of your Prime Minister).
This week could prove the most decisive of Britain’s future relationship with Europe, and the most testing of the coalition’s so far. Strong speculation surrounds the PM ahead of his anticipated speech, with the media drawing on the all decisive ‘yes/no’ referendum expected to be delivered as a pledge for the next general election. Such a move could prove dangerous for Cameron who faces a backlash from his coalition puppets, and the potential of a Labour/Lib-Dem block in the commons.
Despite such speculation, what we do know is that Cameron is still very much committed to European membership, so long as Britain is allowed to repatriate as much power until everyone is satisfied. After all he who pays the piper calls the tunes right? Well, no. Not really. The path with which Cameron has chosen faces inevitable withdrawal by default. His flawed promise of picking and choosing the ‘nice’ bits of European membership exposes his naivety and undermines his ability to lead. He’s the kid at the concession stand ignoring the flying saucers and reaching for the fudge…eventually he’ll be met with maternal rejection.
And in this case, the mother is Angela Merkel.
BY: Shaun Dunbabin