November 2, 2009
WHERE'S THE PROBLEM?:
Cameron has only himself to blame for this mess on Europe: A shabby deal with the Sun and internal wrangling over the Lisbon treaty mean that the Tories still have one big Euro-headache (Peter Oborne, 11/01/09, The Observer)
For many, perhaps most, Conservative activists, the Lisbon treaty poses an existential threat to the British state: we cease to be subjects of the Queen and start to become citizens of Europe. Something ancient and of inordinate value will pass away.
This insight – by no means without truth and merit – poses a grave problem for David Cameron. His supporters will hardly be content for him simply to shrug his shoulders at this disaster. They will want him to take up the banner of freedom and national independence when Klaus lays it down. So David Cameron's response when the Lisbon treaty is passed will pose a classic test of his leadership skills.
Just make a formal request to join NAFTA, with a friend even more protective of its own sovereignty. Posted by Orrin Judd at November 2, 2009 3:35 PM