The Slog has learned from a number of senior and reliable sources over the last week that the Coalition Government - and the Conservative leadership even without the LibDems to consider - has dropped any and all pretence of fighting Brussels on sovereignty issues: and certainly considers secession from the Union to be completely off the agenda.Which reflects the sentiments by the Wall Street Journal here, the Slog continues:
Senior backbench Tories three weeks ago were giving me the "Well, it's the Libdems you see" line, but this is clearly not the case. So The Slog is left wondering where all these brave chaps shouting "Aux barricades!" three months ago have gone - into junior government slots, perhaps? - and what happened to the George Osborne who was busy abolishing EU-friendly departments within the Treasury during early June.
A senior Whitehall official communicated to The Slog last Monday as follows:The rest of the Slog's post is well worth a read.
'This isn't a case of William Hague going native. In private, he sees the EU as a historical fact. It's clear he has done for some years. The idea that he's anti-Europe stems from his utterances of years ago. He does not see the fight as worth it, and to be honest he doesn't give off the air of a man passionate about reforming it either".
Last week a Treasury renegade told us, "I don't know all of it for certain, but I think there was a Party line during the election, and I'm pretty sure it was to spoil things for UKIP. There's certainly been some talk of reining in Europe here, but it's largely inconsequential. The [City] regulatory stuff and the Budget monitoring has gone through without a murmur".
Please when will Tory supporters accept the truth; your party is screwing you sideways.