Insomnia has , again , forced me to read the papers at half three in the morning . Usually I start with the Telegraph , then The Times and The Scotsman , before having a laugh at The Guardian (why didn't they stay in Manchester ? Our country could have been such a better place ).
I was drawn to this letter , headlined "Telling Expulsion of Moderate Tory MEP" on their front page , attacking the expulsion of Edward McMillan-Scott MEP from the Conservative Party .
Have a read . It's a great laugh .
It manages to smear the Conservative Party (except avid Europhiles) as supporters of appeasement and the Nazis . Daniel Hannan is anti-NHS and Enoch Powell is his hero (oh , the horror !).
We were appalled that Edward McMillan-Scott MEP was expelled from the Conservative party (Editorial, 19 September) for standing successfully against the Polish extremist Michal Kaminski for the vice-presidency of the European parliament.
David Cameron's MEPs recently left the moderate group of the European People's party, which now consists of all the EU centre-right parties except the Conservatives. They have instead associated themselves with a group opposed by many for its extremist views.
Has Cameron forgotten that Harold Macmillan, the Tory prime minister who first tried to take Britain into Europe, resigned the whip when the leadership insisted on appeasing Hitler? He was not expelled. He also campaigned against the official Tory candidate Quintin Hogg in favour of an independent, Dr AL Lindsay, on an anti-appeasement ticket at a byelection. Sir Edward Heath, who as Tory PM took Britain into Europe, also supported Lindsay. Neither Macmillan nor Heath were expelled for their opposition to extremism.
McMillan-Scott did not oppose a Conservative candidate. Kaminski is well-known for his extreme policies. Yet McMillan-Scott was expelled. Daniel Hannan was not expelled for his anti-NHS speech in the US, nor for saying that Enoch Powell was his political hero. So Cameron would appear to be much more prepared to work with alleged anti-semites such as Kaminski and Europhobes such as Hannan.
It is high time that moderates woke up to the truth. Cameron has departed from the moderate pro-European history of the Conservative party.
Chair, East Kent European Movement
The discredited smears against Kaminski and Hannan , coupled with a grossly distorted and emotionally fraught view of British history as seen through the europhile prism .
Boiler-plate rubbish . Intellectually stunted and dishonest , it deserves no consideration . The reason , no doubt , it was sent to The Guardian and not The Telegraph . It exists merely to reinforce the prejudices of an elitist europhile clique .
More interesting is the writer and the organisation she represents .
Maureen Tomison is a Labour Party activist who stood against Michael Howard , the then leader of the Conservative Party , in his Folkestone and Hythe constituency at the last election in 2005 . She also stood in the Kent County Council elections in 2009 for the Folkestone South ward , coming fourth behind the Conservatives , LibDems and UKIP .
Her organisation ?
The European Movement .
If we're going to throw about comparisons with the 30's and 40's , then , I would suggest , an organisation with this sinister title is much more worthy of criticism than the Conservative and Unionist Party .
Even their pompous name , grandiose and simplistic at once , totalitarian chic in other words , seems the very embodiment of the long-decade from 1933 to 1945 .
New Order . Europeans must unite to drive out the Jewish-Masonic Conspiracy and confront the Bolshevist Menace !
Or am I being ungenerous ? Too bad .
Read their website if you are in doubt , or their Wikipedia entry -
The European Movement international is a lobbying association that coordinates the efforts of associations and national councils desiring to work towards the construction of a federal Europe
Who pays for this lot and how are their leaders appointed ? Have you ever seen them advertising for new members ? Do they have well sign-posted offices like other political organisations ? If it is non-party as it states , why is it attacking one political party in the press ?
And why is one of its Vice Presidents Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke, QC, MP ?
Does he support this attack on the Conservative Party made in the name of this organisation in which he holds high office ?
A further trawl through the list of "patrons" on their main and regional websites could provide Call Me Dave with the basis for a major pre-election cull .
Europa riding the Beast - in Brussels