More Tory turmoil over EU friends


3:42 pm - October 4th 2009

by Sunny Hundal    


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At the end of their front-page article on Cameron today, the Observer picks up our little story:

Last night it emerged that another of Cameron’s European allies had been accused of holding extreme views after backing anti-gay legislation in Lithuania. Valdemar Tomasevski, an MEP and a member of the Tories’ European coalition, voted for a Lithuanian law on 16 June that bans discussion of homosexuality, not only in schools but in any forum open to young people.

Soho Politico will write more about the extent of Tory hypocrisy over this issue tomorrow morning.

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Can’t wait

disgusting

It’s not like the Conservatives chose to join up with these extrem…

Oh wait…

We are in a grouping that believes that the individual nations of Europe should decide for themselves how to govern themselves. That’s why we want questions concerning the cultural-ethic aspects of life be treated and decided by the states themselves, without any intervention from EU. We are not in a grouping to agree on every domestic policy. It’s because we know that there is a range of opinion that we believe we need reform in Europe.

By the way, I know plenty of members of our old grouping the EPP with what you would consider similarly unacceptable views.

Do you really think that this blog’s (and Labour’s) obsession with Eastern European politics has any impact on British public opinion?

We are in a grouping that believes that the individual nations of Europe should decide for themselves how to govern themselves.

Oh yeah.

So where’s the commitment for a referendum on Lisbon?

@Praguetory:

By the way, I know plenty of members of our old grouping the EPP with what you would consider similarly unacceptable views.

So what? We point out that you keep some unpleasant company, but it is not our job to tell you what coalitions to form instead. If all of your options are equally unpalatable, that is an issue for you. Such are the perils of being a right-winger, I’m afraid.

Praguetory: We are in a grouping that believes that the individual nations of Europe should decide for themselves how to govern themselves

Fair enough, but one would have to bear in mind that about 90% of that grouping comes from just three countries, and you’ve a clutch of one-man bands to keep on board to maintain ‘group’ status (link) – hence that little awkward business with the Latvians.

“So what? We point out that you keep some unpleasant company, but it is not our job to tell you what coalitions to form instead.”

You would be raising this if the Tories rejoined the EPP then?

@ Richard:

You would be raising this if the Tories rejoined the EPP then?

To repeat, it is the Tories’ problem if they have unsavory friends. But I will say, with respect to the difference between their membership of the EPP and ECR, that they created the latter group themselves, actively scouted for members, and negotiated with those who sought to join. Because they made the ECR, they ought to be judged by it.

“Soho Politico will write more about the extent of Tory hypocrisy over this issue tomorrow morning.”

I’m sure that the British electorate are waiting with baited breath for this.

The tories might as well join up with the BNP because that is the kind of brownshirt scum they are getting into bed with in Europe.

@11

Really? Baited breath? Sounds a bit fishy to me…

Germany’s Christian Democrat CDU party, triumphant in the country’s recent general election, has downgraded relations with the Conservatives.

The change follows David Cameron’s decision to remove his party’s MEPs from the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) group in the European Parliament.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8284973.stm

You gotta love the opening of their conference.

Totally overshadowed by the issue of Europe! What fantastic luck!

If only the Tories realised how utterly wrong they are about the EU. However it’s hard to overturn 30 years of anti-European brainwashing in a few short days.

I’d be ashamed of myself if I was as gullible as your average Tory eurosceptic!


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