Open Europe state, in today’s press summary, that: The Sunday Times reported that the EU referendum ‘No’ campaign is in talks with at least eight cabinet ministers about joining the call for withdrawal. Leaked documents show that the campaign’s chief executive will be Matthew Elliott, the founder of the Business for Britain group. The director of operations will be Victoria Woodcock, Michael Gove’s former private secretary, while Georgiana Bristol, a fundraiser for Boris Johnson’s 2008 London mayoral campaign, will be development director.
Jumping the gun a tad, aren’t they – especially when the Electoral Commission have yet to open bids for either the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ campaigns.
In any event just how can someone who’s stated aim is that if all of David Cameron’s wish list are satisfactorily renegotiated to his [Elliott’s] satisfaction, he would wish the UK to remain an EU member then head the official [Electoral Commission approved] ‘No’ campaign?
As with so many of those on either side of the EU membership debate it can be said that the ‘ego has definitely landed’ – especially where Matthew Elliott is concerned.
We read in the Telegraph that George Osborne hails the written agreement that a loan to Greece via the EFSM – which he said was not on the table (ie, it won’t be happening) has been successfully agreed; and that any liabiility against non-repayment is insured. He continues by stating that because the Government refused to compromise its principles, it demonstrates a red-line they will not cross.
The media appears unable to express any incredulity that if one agreement can be torn-up, then just when in the future will this latest agreement suffer the same fate. This entire episode brings to mind ‘Referism‘ incorporated in the 6 Demands of The Harrogate Agreement (specifically Demand #4).
Not only is Osborne talking crap (do not most of the Talking Heads speak out of their rear orifice?) but so too is Simon Richards of The Freedom Association, with an article which appears on Conservative Home. Readers will recall the response I received from him to an initiative of mine in which he stated: …….please rest assured that we are committed to doing all that we can to try to ensure that the anti-EU case is put as effectively as possible.
It is a great pity that Simon Richards declined the invitation issued because, had he not, he would have learned one hell of a lot and thus negated making a public ass of himself with the crap that he profers in the article linked to above.
One can only assume that people like Simon Richards, Rory Broomfield and Matthew Elliott believe they are offering a service; and, unfortunately, they undoubtedly are – to the ‘In’ campaign who must be wetting their pants laughing so much at the paucity that those who think they are God’s gift to the ‘Out’ campaign, are offering with their statements and writing.