Today was an interesting day and not all good. Now, in politics, as you know, there are a lot of people saying a lot of things and there are two main threads, one which you know and another you’d suspect.
Firstly, Dan Hannan has his own ideas and his own plan has been put into action. The other two parties are in dialogue with them and a lot of people are doing a lot of skyping. Where your humble blogger fits in is as one of the minor catalysts and go-betweens in this at a lower level and I’m standing in the middle politically.
Too early to report real progress but some things are quite clear. No one wants to split his/her party, least of all the ES Tories and Dan Hannan has to play this thing completely right. UKIP and LPUK know that. The word coming through is:
1. There’s no point doing any of the admin – website, publicity etc. until we get a broad agreement of the way forward – that’s going on now, as I write.
2. The parties stay as they are and this thing is a broad coalition, no more.
3. The essential principle is to ensure no Eurosceptic or true conservative [small c] stands against another if possible. No dirty tricks or last second blows landed – the idea is to have as many Eurosceptics in parliament as possible – that’s the overriding purpose.
So, even though it might disappoint, there’s not a lot else that can be blogged about on it because the dialogue and conferencing is what it’s about at this stage. To fellow rank and file like me, rest assured we are deadly serious about this and it’s being explored.