Thursday 24 January 2013

Cameron calling the bluff of the other parties on Europe

Cameron is enjoying some good headlines in the newspapers after years of more or less open hostility from the press. Yet, the real issue he sparked off with his Europe speech is how the other parties will position themselves to the referendum call.

Labour leader Miliband has chickened out already. Nothing else to be expected from a largely timid leader of the opposition who is party leader only at the behest of the trade unions.

Yet, Cameron has also called the bluff of the Liberal Democrats and they are fuming. The former leader of the LibDems Charles Kennedy, struggled to keep his composure during an interview with Andrew Neill at the Daily Politics show yesterday when asked whether he would support a referendum on Europe. The background to this question: Kennedy vociferously demanded an in/out referendum for the last 20 years. Alas, he could only do so since the LibDems were never in government so they had no chance to get their wish.

Now, things are different. If Kennedy had the mettle he always pretended to have, he should join Cameron in his call for a referendum on Europe. It seems the chickens are coming home to roost.

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