Tory party's interests put before country's
SO, AT last we can clearly see how the Conservative MP mind works.
Both Mr Streeter and Mr Colvile agree that UKIP has indeed had them rattled with respect to their party's stance on the EU. Unhappily for them it also proves that both are more interested in putting their party motives first before looking after their country.
The same can be said, although to a slightly lesser degree possibly, of Mrs Seabeck, who toes her own party's line in attacking their opposition instead of trying to work together for the common good.
I won't go into the fact that MPs of all hues want a 32 per cent pay rise whilst all this is going on. What's the latest news on reducing the police pay, making our armed forces redundant, freezing public sector pay, or taking benefits away from pensioners who have paid all their lives? No U-turn on these, I bet.
UKIP may be a much smaller party, but every member is a patriot who fervently believes in the United Kingdom being able to stand on its own feet, and under its own government.
Mr Streeter's comment about UKIP being a wasted vote is frankly ridiculous, because his own party is giving us a referendum, something only UKIP has campaigned for, in five years time, if they get elected, and if Labour get in there will be no referendum anyway.
Mind you, things can change as all the other three parties have made cast iron guarantees and manifesto promises in the past then blatantly broken them time and again when it suits them to.
The best we can hope for in any negotiation with the EU is a watering down of one or two of the more irksome regulations, that will allow Mr Cameron to say he has made 'great inroads' or similar but the fact still remains that up to 2017, if we get a referendum, we will still have paid the EU an additional £75 billion pounds and be tied to even more additional EU regulations for five years as legislation will not stop just because we may have a referendum, some time in the future, which may affect them.
Also do not forget that in the intervening period, Rumania, Bulgaria and probably Turkey will have joined the club, almost 100 million more people to contend with.
The £75 billion is money that could and should be used in securing this country's future prospects both at home to get the economy moving and to heighten international trade.
The recent police commissioner referendum cost approximately £100 million; what will the, if it arises, in/out referendum cost?
This should be put to the British people at the same time as the European Elections next year in 2014 at a very minimal additional cost.
Mr Cameron is doing what all the other three parties are good at – prevaricating, and nothing our local MPs say will change that in any way.
Chairman, UKIP Plymouth and S W Devon Branch