Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A surreal election

David Cameron, we are told by The Guardian will today "promise to deliver the most extensive devolution of power in a generation" when he declares that a Conservative government would hand people "direct control" over how they are governed nationally and locally.

In a direct invitation to voters to join him in governing Britain, the Tory leader will promise in his election manifesto to offer California-style referendums on any local issue if residents can win the support of five percent of the population.

This is from a man who is content for the UK to remain an active member of the European Union - our supreme government which makes most of our laws - a man who refuses to offer the nation a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, and a man who would have us bound hand and foot by an international treaty on climate change, made under the auspices of the United Nations.

If he believes he can present this as "devolution of power" and get away with it, the man is either incredibly thick, or he thinks we are. Either way, this election is getting surreal - even more so when you look at the version of the manifesto The Times has been reading. It tells us that Mr Cameron will launch the Tory manifesto entitled "An Invitation to Join the Government of Britain in South London today".

Why has the government of Britain moved to South London? I thought it was in Brussels.