Cameron would be a ‘fruitcake’ not to listen

1995 library filer of Chris Moncrieff. Photo by Peter Smith/PA
1995 library filer of Chris Moncrieff. Photo by Peter Smith/PA
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The Prime Minister had no option but to postpone his speech on the European Union to enable him to deal personally with the tragedy in the Algerian desert.

When he does come to deliver it, it will be the trickiest and most significant address of his entire premiership – so far at least.

It is scandalous how successive generations of politicians at Westminster have allowed Brussels to hijack so many of the powers that should belong to the UK Government.

The situation has become so bad now that if a referendum were allowed - and let us be wary about relying on the promises of a politician – a majority would probably opt for Britain to leave altogether.

Whether David Cameron will have the courage to pay more attention to the voters of this country rather than to President Barack Obama, who wants Britain to stay put, remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, let us look at just one pointless and grossly extravagant aspect of EU activities – its foreign service.

They now have “ambassadors” all over the place at vast expense. And for what purpose?

And the cost of housing some of these people in their foreign posts is enough to make the blood boil.

For instance, the Spanish EU ambassador to Russia lives it up in a property which costs £25,000 a month, while the Dutch EU ambassador to Hong Kong lives in an apartment which costs a cool £7,000 a month.

Sometimes when you see these figures, you want to bash a few heads together.

The United Kingdom is fast degenerating into a county-council satellite of Brussels.

And the only way to stop that is to get out.

Nigel Farage, the lively leader of UKIP, said over the weekend that there is virtually no possibility of his party coming to any type of alliance or coalition agreement with the Conservatives.

The reason is, as Farage accurately points out, that whenever the subject of his party is raised, David Cameron feels obliged to insult its members as “fruitcakes” or even worse.

Well, a lot of people would say that the “fruitcake” is Cameron himself.

Surely it is very unwise for the Prime Minister to hurl insults at a burgeoning party which is already assimilating scores of erstwhile Tory voters into its fold.

The Conservative Party is unlikely to get these people back – and it badly needs them – if the Prime Minister continues to denigrate UKIP and will not, seemingly, listen to the concerns of those who are taking their votes elsewhere.

UKIP’s recent showing in opinion polls and at by-elections should start to worry the Prime Minister.

This is no longer a fringe party which can be discounted and sneered at by the Establishment.