Right of Reply: John Stevens
The Pro-Euro Conservatives leader replies to Kenneth Clarke's comments in an interview
Friday 18 June 1999
Ken Clarke is, of course, right that this failure to speak out contributed greatly to Mr Hague's victory - which was thus entirely avoidable! The creation of the Pro Euro Conservative list was based on the expectation that senior Conservatives who shared our view would attack Hague, should opposition to EMU become his central campaign theme. We had very good reasons for this expectation.
Above all, if Hague succeeded, getting Britain into the euro on a time- scale that would avoid damage to vital British interests must become much more difficult. Sadly, this is now the case.
But I was surprised in particular because Ken Clarke is a conviction politician. Such lethargy and complacency, when the stakes were so high, is obviously just a lapse. As must be his excuse, superficially so plausible, that pro-European Tories should not be doing the Government's work for them. For a conviction politician, the failure of others to promote the national interest increases, not diminishes, the obligation to act oneself. No doubt also a lapse, is his determination to advocate a Tory victory at the next general election, where a good showing by Hague will remove any prospect of a winnable referendum in the next parliament.
Review: One Direction, Fourmusic
Review: The World of Ice and Firebooks
Film More romcom than S&M
Review: The Imitation Gamefilm
Comedy...to show her mastectomy scars
TVNetflix gets cryptic
TV review A moving film showing kids too busy to enjoy their youth
Books Not even a Man Booker prize could save Richard Flanagan from a nomination
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 This is what the one in ten British men who pay for sex need to know
- 2 Lee Evans announces retirement from comedy on The Jonathan Ross Show
- 3 These grandmas smoking weed for the first time are wonderful
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Angelina Jolie confuses everyone with 'ay up me duck' East Midland's greeting to Derby actor Jack O'Connell at awards show
Lee Evans announces retirement from comedy on The Jonathan Ross Show
Willow and Jaden Smith talk duality of apples, holographic realities and the melancholia of the ocean in incredible New York Times interview
Winnie the Pooh banned from Polish playground for being an 'inappropriate hermaphrodite'
I'm A Celebrity 2014: Jake Quickenden and Edwina Currie confirmed to enter jungle
Drawn Blank: Bob Dylan exhibition showcases the musician's bold and vibrant paintings
'Muslims pre-date Columbus in discovering America,' says Turkish president Erdogan
Former Tory PM Sir John Major says 'we would not have an NHS without migrants'
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
G20 summit: David Cameron warns Vladimir Putin that Russia's relationship with the West is at a 'fork in the road' over Ukraine
Myleene Klass: Ed Miliband 'strikes back' by comparing UK's need for Labour's mansion tax to Hear'Say track
Coalition government has 'shifted money from poorest to better-off' through welfare cuts and tax reductions, study claims