With an unprecedented lack of support at the local elections, and a further desertion from the voters expected in the European Parliament elections, Gordon Brown’s authority has been permanently damaged beyond repair. Voters have again re-iterated that the machinery of government is ready to be serviced, not re-oiled, and that a Conservative government would be the motor for change that is in Britain’s best interests.
David Cameron has shown firm leadership on European matters throughout his tenure as party leader. His pledge to withdraw the Conservative Party from the EPP-ED transnational group in the European Parliament will undoubtedly lead to greater freedom in the decision making process for the party in the European Parliament as opposed to being bound by the EPP-ED on broadly federalist lines. The introduction of the “right to know” expenses form has increased the transparency of Conservative MEPs’ expense claims, and clearly shows initiative and leadership by David Cameron on reforming expenses, as opposed to indecision and dithering from Gordon Brown. Contrast this to the “leadership” of Gordon Brown. He has failed to give Britain a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, otherwise known as the EU Constitution. In addition, Labour MEPs called for an end to Britain’s opt-out from the Working Time Directive, a piece of European legislation, which threatened to impose a 48-hour maximum working week on Britain, despite being in contrast to the stance of the Labour government. Thankfully, it was through the hard work of Conservative MEPs that Britain maintained its opt-out from the directive.
Conservatives are committed towards a Europe that works for Britain, by completing the single market, and increasing efficiency, by campaigning to end the €150m travelling circus to Strasbourg, and to end nonsense expenditure such as the European Parliament guide to gender-neutral language. Given a hammering at the polls, a series of resignations from cabinet ministers, and anonymous e-mails calling for his resignation, it is clear that Gordon Brown has absolutely no authority at a national level, let alone at a European level, and that David Cameron, and the Conservative MEPs are the motor for change that is in Britain’s best interests.
(This is a guest blog entry written by Douglas Groves)