Leading Tory MEP needs to be a bit more credible


dan hannanAs our nation prepares for the European Elections on 23rd of May, the man who sits on top of the Tory list for the South East knows that he does not need to work very hard to remain as an MEP. In our region it seems inconceivable that the Tory vote would drop from 30.95% in 2014 to less than 8% this year which would place the Tories out of power in the region and leave Daniel redundant as an MEP after 20 years being well paid for such a significant role which has granted him many opportunities to have his views read and listened to be people in the US as well as throughout the UK. In any event he had not expected to have to try to be re-elected because after the referendum in 2016 he assumed we would have left the EU by now. That said it is possible that their vote could drop from around 31% to about 18% and at least one of his colleagues will not get re-elected.

As an active member of the Conservative party and someone who wrote speeches for people like William Hague at the turn of the Millennium, Daniel is very conscious that first past the post as a system and the recent boundary changes in the UK places his Party in a dominant position although does not guarantee that they will remain in No10 so he understands the need for General Elections every few years. It is just over 2 years since the 18th April 2017 when we held the last General Election and that came 2 years after the previous one on 7th May 2015. So Daniel is well aware that elections take place every few years and he clearly supports regular opportunities for the public to express their views but he would probably have had great concerns if in late May or early June 2017 Theresa May would have called for another General Election because she was unhappy with the result in mid April. Indeed one suspects that even Daniel as a prominent whig who has nevertheless joined the Tories would have raised public concerns if this had happened. He has after all raised public concerns about Theresa over her achievements regarding our departure or lack of departure from the EU.

So given this background, it seems very strange that in the tweet above Daniel is referring to the General Election in Turkey which took place on 31st March 2019 and the call on 6th May by the so called government officials for a repeat of that vote as they are unhappy with the result. He is comparing this scenario to the calls by millions of people in our nation each of whom is frustrated by the same matters that have led to his various articles and speeches for a chance for their views to be measured again nearly three years after the referendum on 23rd June 2016. Daniel is making a rather poor attempt to blame this comparison on Guy Verhofstadt simply because Guy has supported the call by millions of British voters for their views to be measured again, and yet he also does not agree that a General Election should be called in Turkey by people who have a lot to gain and who are clearly not reflecting the views of their citizens. If it is acceptable in Daniels world to hold General Elections 2 years after the last one and local elections every four years, then to gauge the opinions of the nation after three years seems perfectly acceptable and could be of benefit to the Government and Opposition as they attempt to square a very strong circle.

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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