IAIN Dale is bemoaning the “helpful” intervention by Tory donor Stuart Wheeler, who has demanded that when in power, Cameron throws a hissy fit at the EU and takes his ball home.
Iain helpfully points out that Wheeler’s first demand – that if, by the time the Tories come to power, the Lisbon Treaty hasn’t been ratified, they’ll hold a referendum – is already Tory policy.
There are two reasons why this particular manifesto promise won’t be kept:
(1) By plunging the country into 18 months of chaos, where every anti-European obsessive and BNP activist in the country will have their 15 minutes, Cameron would risk public association of his party with the nutjob tendency, thereby guaranteeing a single-term government; and
(2) The Tories will lose the next general election. You read it here first, folks.