David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party, has exploited Labour’s internal wranglings and governmental failures. They are a party and a government falling apart, he says. Obviously in contrast with the united Tory Party which is just waiting to take up the reins of power and unite the country in a new era of peace, harmony and prosperity.

Er… and then Europe pops up. Rather than Communism being the spectre that haunts Europe, Europe is the spectre that haunts the Conservative Party. Just when all is going well, the ‘E’ word slides in and spoils the party.

DAVID_CAMERONCameron took his MEPs out of the centre-right bloc in the European Parliament and placed them with the oddballs, racists and pseudo-fascists that create an embarrassment every week in Brussels. Yesterday the Christian Democrats in Germany – newly elected under Angela Merkel and refreshingly confident of their new mandate – reduced the level of their relationship with Cameron’s Conservatives. They have cancelled bilateral working and have cancelled meetings. So, Cameron responds by saying that nothing has changed and that relationships are good and strong.

Who are we to believe? Which party is living in fantasyland: the Germans who have downgraded their relationship or the Brits who pretend they haven’t?

Then the Irish mess it all up by bringing Europe to the top of the agenda again – just in time for the Tory Party Conference. Like all good comedy, it’s all in the timing.

And today we hear that Cameron is working behind the scenes to generate momentum for a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty in Britain even after it will have been ratified by Britain.

Will this be his Waterloo?

I can’t wait for the fickle fate of politics to run its course this week…

Ireland-for-EuropeSo, Ireland has voted in their second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. And it appears they have voted resoundingly in favour.

Two observations:

1. It’s just as well they got the answer right this time as it would have been expensive and embarrassing to keep going until they did.

2. Isn’t it amazing how principle goes out of the window when the money gets hit and you realise you might have been better off ‘in’ Europe after all? The credit crunch made all the difference and either (a) the Irish lost their sentimentality and got real, or (b) the Irish lost their independent nerve and chickened out.

It will now be interesting to see what happens next – and if President Blair actually materialises in due course.

Interesting times…