Today in the House of Commons, we had to endure the worst and most painful performance by a Prime Minister I have ever seen. The softening up process was a twitter smear campaign, impugning Boris Johnson and sneering at his motives.In the House, David Cameron was contemptuously dismissive of the sincere concerns of MPs regarding the EU and the nature of his deal with the EU. In consequence, his assurances that he respected the questioners and cared for the future of Britain were revealed as the height of cynicism.
Boris Johnson’s question about British sovereignty was swept aside with fake assurances, as were the questions of David Davis, Liam Fox, Bill Cash, Jacob Rees Mogg, Bernard Jenkins, and all the other MPs who have agonised over the EU issue for decades. Boris was also treated to insults. The broken promises of the PM are listed here and Dominic Lawson’s article saying that Britain has not been protected from “ever closer union” by the PM’s EU deal is here.
Dominic Lawson’s article today on how bad the EU has been for Britain is here.
It is clear that the entire event was a carefully rehearsed stitchup engineered by Peter Mandelson. With respect, the PM is not intelligent enough to think of it by himself. The Osbo/PM alliance with Mandy has been repeatedly described by Peter Oborne and the strategy had Mandy’s fingerprints all over it, as the smear campaign was reminiscent of Ali C. The PM can congratulate himself, the organisation of the duffing up would not have disgraced the Kray Twins.
The effect was probably not what Cameron expected. The shock of every MP at the inappropriate behaviour of the PM, by contrast, made them seem even more principled.
Anyone who thinks this performance will resound to the PM’s credit, is very much mistaken. I cannot believe there will not be a huge backlash in the House. This was such a sad day for Parliament and for the House of Commons. Today democracy was raped. On national tv.