His speech yesterday was about as good as he could make it but the glaring fatuities could not be disguised. The next time we face losing our virginity, he declared, we would not surrender it so lightly. In the real world, of course, once it's gone it's gone. The
The United Kingdom must now engage in a level of European diplomacy unseen since Versailles or Potsdam, and must do so with pygmies at the helm, with hardly a seasoned Statesman in sight. Pitt the Younger faced issues of similar scale, but Dave is no William Pitt. The only credible choice now facing the United Kingdom is In or Out; is Britain to be a European Satrapy, our laws, unique justice system, foreign and defence policy and economy to be subject to foreign diktat, or are we to remain as we have been for a thousand years a part of Europe, with indissoluble cultural bonds, a common Christian heritage, but with free trade and in open co-operation with our fellow Europeans?
And as for Cameron's plea that he hasn't got time to deal with correcting both Labour's pillage of the British economy and Europe during his first term, I rather think the next Prime Minister's agenda is a matter for the British people to decide, not Dave's vain and self-centred comfort zone; if Dave doesn't think he's up to it, he must stand aside now. For we must demand much of our next government - to deal with not only Europe and the economy but with whatever other crises may arise. We must be ruthless in our expectations; we will exhaust and discard spent politicians in the process, and like Alanbrooke throw another fresh division into the breach. We will demand of our Parliament self-sacrifice, unremitting toil and legendary tenacity; political reputations will perish on the altar, and the cleansing fires of the forge will bring forth a nation renewed.
Prepare for battle.