Sunday, 28 February 2010

MY patriotic duty is to push for a referendum on the EU

There is a time when one's duty to one's nation supersedes loyalty to narrow party interests. Being a Conservative isn't a matter of membership of a closed club, it's a state of mind. If you believe in virtue, honour, the reward of merit, equity and justice and the freedom of the British people to create voluntarily bodies to exercise collective authority, then you're a Conservative. If, like Sir Patrick Cormack, you can say "I've always taken the line it's country-constituency-party, in that order", then you're a Conservative.

Cameron's plea today will be to vote for him to get rid of Labour, and no doubt most of us will agree, perhaps reluctantly, to do so, for Labour is a pernicious evil far worse than anything that the Conservative Party can visit upon us.

But please don't phrase it as a patriotic duty. It isn't. It's a moral duty.

My patriotic duty is to campaign for a referendum amongst the people of Britain to determine the terms on which we should remain in the EU. Or not. And if this means making life for Cameron as uncomfortable as possible, so be it.


Witterings From Witney said...

Well said R. If teh Conservatives are to campaign on Vote for Change, is that to elect a new leader?

Blue Eyes said...

Liam Fox would be my choice.

Sackerson said...

The scoundrel fled to his last refuge a little early, didn't he?

James Higham said...

Raedwald - I also am a Conservative but did this just a little earlier. It's the only way we're going to get out of this mess.

English Pensioner said...

I'll be voting for UKIP. If Cameron loses or we have a hung parliament, so be it. In the latter case, hopefully the Tories will realise where their votes went.

Alfred said...

Please don't mention the EU or the Global Warming scam. Talk like that might upset the voters and make them leave for UKIP.

Oh, they just did.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

I'm with English Pensioner.

What on earth is the point of electing Cameron when he has made it abundantly clear that he will change nothing if importance?

Just because he's not Gordon Brown? Much as I dislike - despise, even - Gordon Brown, that just isn't a big enough reason.

And even if Cameron does now promise something useful, how can anyone believe him, given his cast-iron track record?

UKIP for me. A wasted vote possibly, but at least it won't be going to the fraudulent not-conservatives.

Budgie said...

I agree. The Tories are still stuck with the unworkable and derisory policy of "in Europe (whatever that means) but not run by Europe".

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