It is perhaps not all too surprising that the European Parliament are prepared to do this or that a number of Conservative MEPs would help construct and vote through these changes. The majority of Conservative MEPs are, I believe, both selfish and money grabbing (the same could be said of MEPs from other parties too). A number of Conservative MEPs are also failed MPs who have been sent off to Brussels to be placated until retirement with generous EU handouts, perks and privileges.
Recently, when OpenEurope decided to question British MEPs on their expenses, Malcolm Harbour MEP commented:
If you value your relationship with the Conservative Party I would recommend that you think very carefully about continuing with this... I regard the whole exercise as completely unnecessary.
While Christopher Beazley MEP said:
I would have to question the legality of these questions. What right do you have to ask these?
These were the Conservative MEPs who refused to answer OpenEurope's questions: Sir Robert Atkins, Christopher Beazely, John Bowis, Philip Bushill-Matthews, Martin Callanan, Den Dover, James Elles, Malcolm Harbour, Caroline Jackson, Timothy Kirkhope, John Purvis, Struan Stevenson, Robert Sturdy. I wonder whether we will see these same names cropping up again when it comes to voting through the EU Parliamentary grouping proposals?
From personal experience I have encountered identical attitudes to those found by OpenEurope. When I started up a Conservative campaign called 'MEPWatch' with a couple of colleagues in order to make the MEP Selection process more transparent, along with highlighting the views and general work of Conservative MEPs we were immediately and viciously attacked by a number of Conservative MEPs who only had their own positions and interests at heart. Jonathan Evans MEP and the supposedly RT. Hon. Sir Robert Atkins MEP (though I have found nothing honourable about him) sent us a number of incredibly abusive emails which were of course all tagged with the Private and Confidential
mark so that they could not be republished. Den Dover MEP even attempted to take legal action against me - one of his own party members - to shut our campaign up. I should add that he probably succeeded in that aim.
Regarding Our Man Dave, I suspect this will provide him with a convenient excuse to get out of doing something he never really wanted to do in the first place.