FU (Fed Up) wrote:
In many senses, this is the classic Tory "spoiler".
You can only lie so often. The Not the Tory Party lies over the EU are fast becoming worthless.
They serve a purpose and they do it quite well. They're wearing a bit thin, but are not yet completely threadbare.
Most Tories are not happy with the EU, but they don't want to vote any other way for a number of reasons, tribalism, letting Labour in, no other sensible option, but the Conservatives are distasteful too. The lies, hints and evasions create comfort with the party. Largely, they are lying to people disposed to accept the lies. When the main issue becomes the EU, as at Euro elections, the B/S is stepped up, and that's where they have to be careful not to overstep the mark - at least in the eyes of too many. It was a damned close run thing last time.
So, do you vote for a party telling soothing lies over something important, and about which you have misgivings, or do you vote for a party you absolutely can't stand, or do you vote for UKIP or the BNP, which almost certainly won't lead to someone you approve of representing you in Westminster, or do you not vote at all, or do you spoil the paper?
Now, in theory, Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition holds the government to account for its lies. The Tories sort of did that in a calculatedly disingenuous way over the LT, leading to the verbal contortions we saw from Hague and Cameron. In fact the Tory high command and the Lib-Dems and Labour were all coming from the same place on this one, it's just that the Tories had a Euro-hostile contingent to control, which the others really wouldn't have wanted to see run amuck, and they were in no position to call out the Tories as liars on this anyway. A bit of stage sword fighting and it can all be forgotten as they carry on with more or less their shared purpose.