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So much for principles! The PM accuses Boris of self-interest
« on: February 28, 2016, 10:00:11 PM »
PETER OBORNE: So much for principles! The PM accuses Boris of self-interest. But what of the top Tories who once flaunted their anti-EU views but now put their careers first?

By Peter Oborne For The Daily Mail

Published: 01:50, 24 February 2016  | Updated: 09:30, 24 February 2016 

Both Michael Gove and Boris Johnson face accusations of betrayal following their decision to join the Leave campaign.

Mr Gove is accused of abandoning his friends. Meanwhile, in a bruising assault masterminded personally by David Cameron and his unscrupulous Downing Street attack machine, Boris Johnson is accused of selling out his principles.

Probably some of these charges are justified. I have no doubt at all that personal ambition helps to explain Boris Johnson’s decision.

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William Hague made his reputation exposing the expansionism of the European Union, which he now supports, while Home Secretary Theresa May is 'an empty politician without beliefs', writes Peter Oborne
Equally Michael Gove, to his credit, found it personally very hard to break from the Prime Minister, almost his oldest friend in politics.

But the minor treacheries of Johnson or Gove pale into insignificance compared to the serial, scheming, unprincipled betrayals by the majority of the Cameron Cabinet.

Almost without exception, Mr Cameron and his ministers crawled their way up the greasy poll by pretending to be Eurosceptic.

This was certainly the case with the Prime Minister himself. When he stood for the nomination in his safe seat at Witney 15 years ago, he courted, and was helped by, the Eurosceptics.


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Whenever asked about Europe, he highlighted his doubts and alarm about the direction it was taking. Were those doubts genuine? Or was Mr Cameron simply swinging in the political breeze in order to advance his career?

One thing is certain. The Prime Minister was displaying grotesque hypocrisy when he brutally laid into Boris Johnson in Parliament on Monday, suggesting it was ambition rather than principle that motivated him. Cameron’s own lack of principle on the subject should not be forgotten.

The Prime Minister promised ‘fundamental reform’ to Britain’s relationship with Europe.

Then, after four months of fake negotiation, he delivered nothing more than a handful of cosmetic changes.



Last year, Sajid Javid said ‘Leaving Europe isn’t something I’d be afraid of'
 


His Cabinet ministers are worse.

Let’s deal first with Home Secretary Theresa May. We are talking here of an empty politician without beliefs. Perhaps I should rephrase that. She does hold beliefs. But they change regularly according to political convenience.

In the Nineties, hunting for a safe seat, she claimed to share many of Margaret Thatcher’s doubts about the direction of the EU.

A decade later and the modernisers, who despised Mrs Thatcher, were in charge of the party. At that point, Mrs May turned her back on her supporters and marched to the political centre, from where at the Party conference in 2002 she shamelessly attacked her former allies for being too narrow-minded and making the Tories the ‘nasty party’.

Once in power it was time for another reinvention.

Mrs May converted herself back into the voice of the Conservative Right, making a series of pledges to bring net migration into Britain down to just tens of thousands a year.

When she failed, she unhesitatingly blamed Europe. This is what she told the Tory Party conference last year: ‘When it was first enshrined, free movement meant the freedom to move to a job, not the freedom to cross borders to look for work or claim benefits.

‘Yet last year, four out of ten EU migrants — 63,000 people — came here with no definite job whatsoever. We must take some big decisions, face down powerful interests . . . the numbers coming from Europe are unsustainable and the rules have to change.’

The rules have not changed in any meaningful way as a result of David Cameron’s negotiations. No big decisions have been made, while not a single one of Mrs May’s powerful interests has been faced down.

Hundreds of thousands of migrants will continue to enter Britain if, as expected, existing trends continue. Yet amazingly Mrs May wants to stay in! By expressing support for the European Union now, she is surely revealing that her ‘heartfelt’ speech at the Tory conference last year was actually synthetic — something she did not believe in. If she meant what she said she would be in the Leave camp.

I have news for Mrs May. There were people who listened to what she said in the conference hall who believed she meant what she said, and now feel baffled and betrayed. They are right to feel that way.



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Equally Michael Gove, to his credit, found it personally very hard to break from the Prime Minister, almost his oldest friend in politics.

But the minor treacheries of Johnson or Gove pale into insignificance compared to the serial, scheming, unprincipled betrayals by the majority of the Cameron Cabinet.

Almost without exception, Mr Cameron and his ministers crawled their way up the greasy poll by pretending to be Eurosceptic.

This was certainly the case with the Prime Minister himself. When he stood for the nomination in his safe seat at Witney 15 years ago, he courted, and was helped by, the Eurosceptics.


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Whenever asked about Europe, he highlighted his doubts and alarm about the direction it was taking. Were those doubts genuine? Or was Mr Cameron simply swinging in the political breeze in order to advance his career?

One thing is certain. The Prime Minister was displaying grotesque hypocrisy when he brutally laid into Boris Johnson in Parliament on Monday, suggesting it was ambition rather than principle that motivated him. Cameron’s own lack of principle on the subject should not be forgotten.

The Prime Minister promised ‘fundamental reform’ to Britain’s relationship with Europe.

Then, after four months of fake negotiation, he delivered nothing more than a handful of cosmetic changes.



Last year, Sajid Javid said ‘Leaving Europe isn’t something I’d be afraid of'
 


His Cabinet ministers are worse.

Let’s deal first with Home Secretary Theresa May. We are talking here of an empty politician without beliefs. Perhaps I should rephrase that. She does hold beliefs. But they change regularly according to political convenience.

In the Nineties, hunting for a safe seat, she claimed to share many of Margaret Thatcher’s doubts about the direction of the EU.

A decade later and the modernisers, who despised Mrs Thatcher, were in charge of the party. At that point, Mrs May turned her back on her supporters and marched to the political centre, from where at the Party conference in 2002 she shamelessly attacked her former allies for being too narrow-minded and making the Tories the ‘nasty party’.

Once in power it was time for another reinvention.

Mrs May converted herself back into the voice of the Conservative Right, making a series of pledges to bring net migration into Britain down to just tens of thousands a year.

When she failed, she unhesitatingly blamed Europe. This is what she told the Tory Party conference last year: ‘When it was first enshrined, free movement meant the freedom to move to a job, not the freedom to cross borders to look for work or claim benefits.

‘Yet last year, four out of ten EU migrants — 63,000 people — came here with no definite job whatsoever. We must take some big decisions, face down powerful interests . . . the numbers coming from Europe are unsustainable and the rules have to change.’

The rules have not changed in any meaningful way as a result of David Cameron’s negotiations. No big decisions have been made, while not a single one of Mrs May’s powerful interests has been faced down.

Hundreds of thousands of migrants will continue to enter Britain if, as expected, existing trends continue. Yet amazingly Mrs May wants to stay in! By expressing support for the European Union now, she is surely revealing that her ‘heartfelt’ speech at the Tory conference last year was actually synthetic — something she did not believe in. If she meant what she said she would be in the Leave camp.

I have news for Mrs May. There were people who listened to what she said in the conference hall who believed she meant what she said, and now feel baffled and betrayed. They are right to feel that way.



Oliver Letwin, Minister for Government Policy, and Robert Halfon, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, have both taken Oborne by surprise on their current EU stance
 
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