"many of us are convinced that Cameron is not, has never been and will never be a Conservative"
It's only in the minor details that Cameron can be considered unConservative - for example, it is very unlikely that Thatcher would have continually pushed an initiative, The Big Society (no, me neither), that boasts of being inspired by Saul Alinsky. But when it comes to what is easily the most important question in politics
- whether this country should be autonomous or have its laws imposed by the EU - he is following the lead of every Tory PM since Eden.
During Macmillan's premiership, Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell said, "The Tories have been indulging in their usual double talk. When they go to Brussels they show the greatest enthusiasm for political union. When they speak in the House of Commons they are most anxious to aver that there is no commitment whatever to any political union."
That was in 1962. In this country, the principal enemy of euroscepticism over the last 50 years has been the Conservative Party. And Cameron fits right in.(What about Thatch? She campaigned as Conservative leader in 1975 against having a referendum on EEC membership, then campaigned to stay in. Ten years later, she guillotined debate on the Single European Act, the first half of two treaties that created the EU and which had largely been drafted by the man she sent to Brussels. She joined the disastrous ERM in 1990. The rebate she won in 1984 was a drop in La Manche when compared to the total cost - subscription, compliance, opportunity, etc - of EEC membership.)