Tory U-turn and DUP `isolationism`

There has been a noticeable presence of NI Tory correspondence in the letters page of the News Letter in recent weeks. A noticeable theme seems to be portraying the DUP as isolationist, which presumably builds on the UUP`s claims that the DUP are actually `Ulster Nationalists`. Meanwhile the DUP have been attacking the Tory stance on Europe over the past month or so. First we had Ian Paisley in his News Letter column with a piece entitled `European dream has become a British nightmare`, followed by these pieces by Sammy Wilson and Diane Dodds after David Cameron announced there would be no Referendum post ratification of the Lisbon Treaty.

Sammy argues:

The Conservatives’ cast iron guarantee has become a disposable piece of political tinfoil. This sad turnaround contrasts with the stout opposition which William Hague led against the EU constitution when it was debated in Parliament. I was pleased to be able to participate in a number of those debates and join the Conservatives in demanding that the Labour Party honour its pledge to give the British people their say on the matter.

It gives me no pleasure to criticise the Conservatives for their betrayal since they were the hope which many of us had to reverse the great wrong imposed by the Labour Party. Seeing the way in which both major parties eventually cave into EU pressure I am more convinced that my membership of the ever expanding Better Off Out group at Westminster is justified. The time is coming when in order to preserve our democratic freedoms the UK is going to need to renegotiate its relationship with the EU.

There are good arguments for establishing trading arrangements with other EU countries, there is no case for the political integration which removes our ability to establish our own economic and fiscal policies or decide our own social, agricultural, environmental and industrial policies and our external relations with other countries.

And then Dr Paisley gets stuck in again post ratification and states:

The European Union, for the majority of British citizens, is an expensive, faceless bureaucracy and the MEPs they elect to represent them no longer include any stallions, just geldings.

The disempowerment of both the British individual and the British state has led to increased opposition in the UK to the EU. Thus the promise of a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty was of great importance to all of us. But Brown chickened out and now Cameron has adopted the same waddle, no doubt thankful that the Czechs threw their cape over the puddle to save him a drenching, and Mr Hague, ever his John-the-Baptist, did the necessary fore-running to the media on Tuesday when the news broke that Lisbon was ratified.

Just a few days ago Mr Hague was stamping his foot in Brussels telling the assembled Commission that Mr Blair would in no way be a suitable choice for President, and a few days after that he was over here stamping his other foot and telling us that the ‘New Force’ was the way forward for the Union.

So, by the time Tuesday came around he had only enough energy left to fly a little hand-held union flag while telling us that the grand promise of a referendum was now null and void. Is it any surprise that the two biggest political parties on the mainland no longer inspire? At this rate, UKIP will be saving a fortune on marketing. Their slogan could rightly be changed to ‘We Told You So!’ Over and over again Nigel Earage, their leader, pointed out that Cameron qualified his ‘cast iron’ promise of a referendum by adding he would only do so if the Treaty remained unratified by all member states.

The implications of Lisbon are huge for us. Presented as just another treaty in a long ongoing line, the public are not so soft as to believe that line leads nowhere. It started in Rome, travelled to Maastricht, visited Amsterdam and progressed to Nice. Quite the traveller! As it journeyed it rolled into its makeup many and varied provisions in the social chapter, thereby requiring the agreement of all 27 member states, as these may only be amended unanimously. So when Mr Cameron now promises to repatriate social and employment powers you will know to look heavenward and watch the pigs fly.

  • loki

    What happens the DUP when Tories get in to government and Robbo starts squealing for money. Oh yeah, they’re buggered.

  • Wilde Rover

    It’s a bit late for all this hand wringing.

    The UK is dead.

    There is only one union now – the European Union.

    These so-called “unionists” should go back to what they are good at: squabbling over trivial matters in their Playpen Parliament in Stormont and await further instructions from Brussels via the county councillors of Westminster.

  • Zoon Pool

    Load of piffle Wilde Rover, the UK is not dead. Look to the new Treaties and tell me what scares you?

  • Greenflag

    ‘There are good arguments for establishing trading arrangements with other EU countries’

    Sammy Wilson may be unaware that most of the UK’s trade is already with the EU countries and takes place under current rules. If the UK withdraws what makes Sammy think that any ‘better’ trading terms will be negotiated by the UK with the other 26 countries . The UK needs the EU much more than the latter needs the EU . And it’s no different for any other EU member state .

    ‘ there is no case for the political integration which removes our ability to establish our own economic and fiscal policies or decide our own social, agricultural, environmental and industrial policies and our external relations with other countries.’

    Mr Wilson in the above sounds just like one of those SF MP’s who were ‘imprisoned ‘ by the British State 1918 -1921 for making similar remarks. The UUP ‘Ulster nationalist ‘jibe is not far off the mark .

  • disinterested observer

    Didnt the DUP used to say they were opposed to UK parties getting involved in this part of the UK as it was better that they remained on ‘good terms’ with both Conservative and Labour in order to get ‘the best deal for Ulster’?
    Seems they have stumbled into a Tory trap and been unable to resist the temptation to go into attack mode.
    If the Conservatives win the General Election Robbo, Sammy et al will find all these attacks on Cameron, etc thrown back in their faces

  • Wilde Rover

    Zoon Pool,

    “Load of piffle Wilde Rover, the UK is not dead. Look to the new Treaties and tell me what scares you?”

    I’m not scared of anything Zoon Pool. I’m coming around to the idea that the people aren’t to be trusted and require a firm, totalitarian hand. The average peon is more concerned with banalities like the fate of Jedward than the fate of their systems of government.

    A neo-feudal Europe seems to be the way to go and I, for one, welcome our neo-feudal overlords.

  • Greenflag

    Wilde rover

    Just make sure you are not one of the ‘serfs’ i.e the 95% of the population in feudal times who got it in the neck whenever the local lord was having a hard time coming up with the dosh to pay his moneylenders !

    Society in the USA circa 1975 was categorised as a 10-80-10 society . 10% underclass -80% middle & working classes and 10% ruling class .

    Fast forward to 2009 following the neo con revolution and and the categories have changed somewhat . Its now an 80 – 19- 1 breakdown . 80% composing the increasingly emisserated former middle & working classes together with an increasing number of underclass . The 19% comprise the professional classes and the legal and administative class that support and depend on the 1% for their positions . And then there is the 1% who sit atop this brave new world .

    Not exactly Tsarist Russia before it’s collapse but close !

    If you aspire to ‘serf ‘ status I suggest that you may still be far better off in the EU than outside it .

  • Seymour Major

    It was all rather predictable that the DUP would use Disingenuous arguments against the Conservative position on Europe.

    They have failed in any of their writings or utterances to condescend to the fact that a vote on Lisbon before ratification and after it are two different things – the latter being a vote on whether or not to remain part of the EU. If they came out and said ‘we want a referendum on whether or not to stay in the EU,’ one might have a bit more respect for their argument.

    On DUP isolationism, before St. Andrews this was their raison d’entre in politics and no word other than the “I” word would describe the DUP to a tee. Has the Leopard changes its spots?

    Having now gone into government with Sinn Fein, the signs are now camouflaged, but they are there. It is evident in their failure to Govern for all communities; Sammy Wilson’s obduracy over green issues; their bad faith over the Irish Language; their childish attitude towards the press when it does not write what they want to hear; their attitude to double jobbing before they discovered it would cost votes if they did not respond to it; their homophobia; their failure to engage with smaller parties on difficult constitutional issues.