Kenneth Clarke MP – Tory Contempt In A Nutshell
He’s almost 78 years old, he’s had a seat in our democratic parliamentary system for more than 45 years, but, at last, Ken Clarke last night finally came clean. He admitted on BBC QT that, as the elected representative of the people of Rushcliffe, he has had “a lifelong conviction of believing in the European project”. He thinks that it was “not a suitable thing for a referendum”. On that basis, folks, we should thank our lucky stars that he was three times unsuccessful in his efforts to become Tory Party leader, because he doesn’t think that the British citizens are WORTH consulting on what to do with their sovereignty, their democracy, their national independence, their taxes, their military, their judiciary.
Clearly, he has long taken for granted the privileges (not to dwell on the £3.5m in salary) afforded him by the people of Nottingham. Had HE been in David Cameron’s shoes, he wouldn’t have given the electorate a referendum. In 1975, then, when he heard the same public decide by a majority vote that membership of a six-nation ‘economic’ arrangement probably wasn’t a bad thing, (because his party leader assured the voters there was ‘no essential loss of sovereignty’ – ahem!), his Clarkeship must have breathed a sigh of relief. The ‘European project’ could continue to develop unhindered.
Every coin in our pockets reaffirms that we have the right to have faith in our Sovereign, and all that her democratic government are supposed to uphold. Mr Ken Clarke has spent his ‘lifelong’ in politics rooting for the exact opposite. The time has come for a seismic shift, I’d say.