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The new face of Conservatism

Posted by Richard Monday, September 05, 2005

With a strong measure of indifference, we learn that the Europhile campaigning group Britain in Europe is finally to fold its tent at the end of the month and slink off to merge with its parent organisation the European Movement.

Somerset House in central London has been chosen as the venue for the closing down party, when the grandees and Euro-luvvies will no doubt assemble to swap notes on how unfair life has been to them.

That much can be gleaned from the the valedictory press release , which complains of a "hostile press and a well-funded eurosceptic lobby". However, it says, "there is still much to do to improve public understanding and engagement in the importance of Britain's membership of the EU, not least in relation to our country's future prosperity and security."

"We hope," it concludes, "that all our supporters will continue to make the case for Britain in Europe and that, when a new consensus on the future direction of the EU is reached, we will all once again join forces to ensure that Britain remains at its heart."

Meanwhile, those former members of Britain in Europe who move over to the European Movement "to improve public understanding and engagement in the importance of Britain's membership of the EU," will no doubt find a warm welcome from one of its high profile vice presidents, none other than the Rt. Hon. Kenneth Clarke QC MP – the new face of Conservatism.

Cartoon courtesy of (i.e., swiped from) The Guardian

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