Richard North, EUReferendum, has already rubbished Daniel Hannan’s opinion that a referendum on EU membership will be offered to the electorate by David Cameron. Richard links to the ‘interview’ by the political editor of the Sunday Telegraph, Patrick Hennessy, with William Hague in which the latter states there are no plans for a referendum, considering it the “wrong question at the wrong time – partly because we don’t know how Europe will develop over the next few years”. To repeat; it is not Hague’s, nor anyone else’s, right to decide for the people something that should be their decision. If that is Hague’s view of democracy then he can kiss that part of my anatomy he appears to want me to kiss on him.
Hennessy’s ‘interview’ is of course another in the series of ‘Big-up’ pieces on featured politicians and so, unfortunately, is that of Janet Daley whose piece appears in today’s Sunday Telegraph, the headline to which is: “We really still don’t know our Prime Minister”. Daley’s piece is written from within the acceptance of present-day politics and the system of democracy currently used, which is disappointing in itself. Developing the headline to her article she queries why we don’t know that for which Cameron stands or what he wants for our country. Considering the number of ‘U’ turns that he has made, is it any wonder?
Daley writes that politics, like everything else in life, is personality-led yet fails to query why this should be so, or is so. Should not politics – and the decisions taken within politics – be people-led? She questions whether Cameron is an opportunist who maintains unfortunate connections for his own ruthless ends and whether his vision for the country is too radical and therefore is deliberately being kept hidden from public consideration. Hell, the man is a career politician, what on earth does Daley expect?
At the end of her piece Daley comments on a study by the Reform think tank in which a call is made for smaller government and how it is possible for it to be more efficient and less expensive. She also mentions that Cameron briefly alluded to such an idea but promptly dropped it, querying whether this was because he could not be bothered to make the case. As one who considers herself to be a political commentator, it is sad that Daley fails to understand that no politician will promote an idea that will result in their loss of power and, as a result, their own demise. Either Daley is naive or she needs to consider a career change.
Only yesterday there was an article in the Guardian detailing the falling sales of Sunday newspapers. When considering the standard of journalism in the two articles in the Sunday Telegraph perhaps people are turning to the blogs for unvarnished news?