What is amazing is that he somehow feels that the current Conservative Party is a vehicle for Britain's exit from thw European Union, something that must have made his reading of Peter Oborne's magisterial piece in yesterday's Telegraph rather uncomfortable reading.
DCB's arguments just do not fly.
He makes the frankly bizarre assertion that the arguments about the EU are near as damn it settled, after all as he says,
Even the pro-EU Tony Blair surprised everyone by announcing a referendum on the EU constitution in 2004 saying that "the weather had changed" and in the Commons: "Let the issues be put. Let the battle be joined!".And not just Labour,
the Lib Dems, have publicly backed a 'real' In/Out referendum. Whilst they were decisive in opposing a UK referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, Nick Clegg said in 2008 that "it is time to give its first chance in 33 years to decide if it wants to be in or out of the EU... we have been signed up to Europe by default: two generations which have never had their say."Of course the Tories are to be trusted with their track record on the subject...
But for me the most telling phrase of all in this piece is the following, whilst stating that he has not recoiled from his 'Better Off Out'ness,
My official statement graciously acknowledged this,Is it up to an individual to announce their own graciousness?