Call me Dave has blotted his copybook. It’s his own fault of course, he only has himself to blame. From Veto hero to Caved Dave. It could all have been so different. In fact it was different. Substantially different.
At the last EU Summit Call me Dave was ostracised. He cut a lonely figure, sitting on his own, no-one acknowledging him. Back slapping laughter and smiling faces all around him. Call me Dave, Johnny no mates, last guy to be picked for the team. Poor wee Call me Dave. He apparently wielded a veto, although there was never any possibility of a veto being available to wield.
It wasn’t his fault you know. At no time did he actually say he’d used a veto. A bad man at the press call late in the night put those words in Call me Dave’s mouth. It was a temptation, an opportunity Call me Dave just couldn’t resist. Once the veto was out of the bottle it raged around the press like a virus. Whoosh, all and sundry, regardless of broadsheet or red top status, leapt on the word.
A Churchillian stance, Call me Dave against the world, or just a bit of it, it matters not. Call me Dave holding back the hoards of Germans and French knocking on the door of the Bank of England to help themselves to boost their safety net fund so that Greece, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Belgium, Ireland and others could survive for another few weeks.
The Bank of England’s cupboard, or vault, is bare. Start the presses or press the button; quantative easing is the way forward. The ECB, IMF and Uncle Tom Cobbley and all can be satisfied. What can’t be printed or brought into digital existence can be borrowed.
Call me Dave spoke about making a stand, he lectured the European Court, he talked about repatriating powers back to Westminster. His party loved him. He is the wonderful boy. He will save us from the EU dragon, the dreaded two-headed Merkozy.
Then it’s time for another EU summit. This time held in Brussels during a national strike called because of the increasing austerity measures being introduced in Belgium. The great EU leaders sweeping by any potential protestors in their warm, taxpayer funded, gas-guzzling limos nice and secure and unstoppable. When they looked out their bulletproof windows did they wonder who these people were? Who are they? Why are they protesting? They must be confused? We are protecting them! We know what’s best to sort out this temporary banker imposed situation! We will solve the problems! We will bandy together and make Europe a great place to live in. For us at least anyway. We are the leaders!
When Call me Dave arrives, it’s all smiles, handshakes and back slapping. Call me Dave is back in the fold. People are talking to him. He even kisses Angela’s cheek. He joked with Sarkozy. They are bestest pals again.
Call me Dave tells the press that he is most concerned with developing trade and getting the economies in Europe moving forward again. Trade with the fastest growing world economies is the way to go. No one mentions that the EU economies are at best stagnant and at worst teetering on the edge of recession, depression and deflation. It’s fair to say trading your way out of a hole is a way to go along with a gentler tightening of public spending at the same time; too little too late, too many costly legislative regulations which competitors don’t have and would ignore anyway if they did
Call me Dave is back in the fold, singing from the same hymn sheet as all the rest. All the behind the scenes telephone calls and nudges here and there since the “Veto” moment have made sure Call me Dave is on-side. Just not on our side, the people of the UK’s side, the people of Europe’s side. He sits at the top table with the big players. He enjoys the benefits. We all want to be popular and Call me Dave is no exception. He has once again chosen to be popular with his big mates rather than his party and the people of the UK.
A large swathe of his party and his voters are disappointed. Perhaps if they hadn’t fallen for the “Veto” nonsense it would have been easier to take, too late. Can the Tory Party do anything about this? No. It would cost them their power. It’s just too much to ask of them, just too much to lose.
Stuck in the EU. Overburdened by regulations. Taxed into oblivion, double dip recession imminent. Ruled by the EU with no democratic mandate. No democracy with even the slightest possibility of affecting any chance of real change and real accountability.
And we are surprised by this?