So reports James Forsyth, writing on the Coffee Shop about Steve Richard's article in today's Independent. Forsyth states:
"One thing, though, needs to be borne in mind: the Tory party is more Euro-sceptic than it has been in living memory. Talk to new Tory MPs, who are mostly hardcore sceptics, about Europe and you’ll hear the same thing over and over again, ‘I won’t rock the boat now while the government is dealing with the deficit. But when that’s done, it’s back to Europe.’"
So whilst our current contribution of £6billion, which is set to rise to £10billion, per annum continues to be paid. whilst UK business is 'saddled with costs' as a direct result of the UK's membership of the EU, these supposedly Eurosceptic Tory MPs will restrain themselves from rocking the boat.
The previous administration have always fought shy of providing a cost/benefit analysis of EU membership, stating that the 'benefits were obvious' - and it has been noticed that their successors seem not that keen to change what has become 'the habit of a lifetime'. The last such 'cost/benefit' analysis that was done (to my knowledge) was that for the Bruges Group, back in 2009 - from which the main findings were:
"By 2008 Britain will have made total contributions to the European Community (EC) Budget of £230.4 billion gross or almost £68.2 billion net.
By the end of the current EC budget period Britain will have made estimated total contributions to the EC Budget of £315.4 billion gross and £101.4 billion net.
By 2007 Britain had an accumulated trade deficit with the other EU member states of £383.7 billion.
The Common Agricultural Policy costs Britain at least £16.8 billion per annum.
The Common Fisheries Policy costs Britain at least £3.275 billion per annum.
Over-regulation on business costs Britain at least £28 billion per annum.
In 2008 membership of the European Union costs Britain almost £65.675 billion per annum gross or almost £55.775 billion per annum net."
It has been all too evident, based on the last three decades, that the majority of MPs are not the sharpest when considering their 'levels' of IQ - however even the most numpty of the numpties must surely realise that the longer those costs (which will most definitely have increased) are still in the deficit reduction equation, the time taken to tackle that deficit grows longer by the day.
Once again all we get from these Eurosceptic Tories are words, words and more words - action men and women they most definitely ain't! (Their backs must be scarred extremely badly with marks caused by Tory whips). No doubt when all democratic means have failed and the people take to the streets, these Eurosceptic Tory MPs will be as noticeable as the Cheshire Cat!
I have asked many times - but the questions are worth repeating: If our elected representatives do nothing to protect our country from foreign interference, why are they in Parliament? If our elected representatives are unable to alter the majority of our laws, which originate from Brussels, why are they in Parliament? If our elected representatives are so obviously unable to do the job for which they stood, why are they still in receipt of public funds paid as salary? If we have Privy Councillors who so blatantly ignore their Oath of Office (as they have), why are they still in office and also in receipt of public funds paid as salary?
Where is Strictly Come Dancing when you want it? Lets face it, the Westminster Waltz is a lovely dance, especially when done suspended in mid-air!