A great anecdote from a speech by Gerald Howarth MP [Conservative] to the Young Britons' Foundation dinner. He was waiting in line to be received by the Duke of Edinburgh at a defence related event and was rather surprised when the Duke looked him up and down and said to him "What does your party stand for nowadays then?" Unabashed Gerald looked the Duke in the eye and said: "For the defence of the Kingdom, sir". The Duke of Edinburgh, looking doubtful, hit straight back with a single word. "Bollocks".
Quite so. I don't care what John Trenchard thinks: come the revolution, Brenda and the D of E will remain the Heads of my State, damn it!
But, just to point out how right the monarch's consort was, here is another anecdote from Prodicus.
Sir Teddy Taylor was there [at the Referendum Rally].
He told me the Conservative party has decided - 'has decided' - not to hold a referendum post facto if they are returned to power.
I asked him if he was certain beyond any doubt and he said yes.
As I pointed out recently, what do you expect? The Tories are following their usual path of making EUsceptic noises, but actually advancing the cause of The Colleagues when actually in power.
Damn it, if even Tory MEP Dan Hannan can see it...
There is a danger, though, that voters will think that my party is getting in its surrender in advance, preparing now for a sell-out in government. After all, as I have pointed out before, parties traditionally make sceptical noises in opposition, but become pro-Brussels in power, and the Tories have what the police call “previous” on Europe.
... why do I still get commenters protesting that it cannot be true? How many times must I shout that all of them are as bad as each other?