A showdown with the EU may come sooner than we expect. The European Commission has today threatened to sue David Cameron’s government unless it starts letting EU citizens come here to claim benefits. Fraser NelsonMr Cameron, you must roar Britain's defiance at the EU over this, or the consequences for both you and the country will be dire.
These new proposals pose a fundamental challenge to the UK's social contract. They could mean the British taxpayer paying out over £2 billion extra a year in benefits to people who have no connection to our country and who have never paid in a penny in tax. This threatens to break the vital link which should exist between taxpayers and their own Government. Iain Duncan SmithAs Prime Minister of Britain you cannot accept instructions from a foreign power as to who may enter our home in order to force us to house, clothe, feed and support them and all their dependents for their lifetime, as the European Commission orders us to do.
NO. No, Mr Cameron.
If you accept this assertion of imperial power over our Parliament you will be telling the British people that our constitutional democracy, our Parliament - and our Prime Minister - are meaningless, worthless, abolished, nothing more than 'heritage' baubles in a new and alienating national reality.
Be in no doubt that unless you defy Brussels over this, Mr Cameron, the British people will withdraw your mandate to govern, if that indeed is what you are now doing. Do not assume that you can escape the danger of this new challenge. You cannot, and we will not forgive you if you betray us over this.
The rule of law in Britain will be a thing of the past, for rule by law means government by consent. The British people have never consented and will never bow to dictatorship by foreigners, regardless of any treaty which your predecessor of bitter memory signed against our known will. But you know this, Mr Cameron, which is why you fear to give us a referendum on Europe. But perhaps there is another way which you may find more acceptable.
Mr Cameron, when I say you must roar Britain's defiance at the European Commission, I mean you must roar. On our behalf, as our Prime Minister. The whole country has to hear you loud and clear, whether you and you coalition friends find it politically convenient or not.
Hitherto, only about four per cent of voters count 'the EU' as important when voting at a GE. This Commission ruling, brazenly rubbing our noses in our subservience to an unelected, foreign, de facto and de jure dictatorship on (courageous choice, Commissioner: immigration, and welfare immigration at that) a matter of over-riding importance to an already-angry British electorate, will wake up the other 96 per cent.
There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
If you act shrewdly now, Mr Cameron, you can win massive electoral support and effect a political paradigm shift.
It's time to play hardball, Mr Cameron. Tell the Commission that the United Kingdom refuses to comply with its instructions and invite them to do their worst. Tell them this: there are some lines a Prime Minister of the United Kingdom may not cross because the people will not permit it.
Obviously, it will be a deal-breaker for your Liberal Democrat coalition partners. The priority of their loyalty to the European Union over any loyalty which they may feel to our country (your favourite phrase, I think?) will be on plain view and put beyond all doubt. They may take the suicide option and tear up the Coalition Agreement, which would suit the Conservative Party very well, but I suspect they will prefer being in government to sticking to their principles. (Principles? LibDems?) They may cling to their Cabinet chairs and defy you openly in which case you will be free to declare this matter a deal-breaker for a British Prime Minister. The Liberal Democrats, looking at your record of... conciliation will think you are bluffing. With the people behind you, roaring their defiance of European Union imperialism, you can call Mr Clegg's and Mr Huhne's bluff. You can call a snap election. You can ask the people, "Who governs us?"
If you do this, posing this question, millions of working class Labour voters will vote Tory. It is not unprecedented and it matters not a jot what the Labour Party leadership says. What remains of the Liberal Democrat vote will evaporate. UKIP and the libertarians will back you.
Call an election, Mr Cameron. Win a landslide victory of historic proportions. Free yourself of the Liberal Democrat homunculus and castrate the Labour Party. Be a Conservative Prime Minister in a Conservative government of a sovereign United Kingdom.
With an unprecedented democratic mandate you can renegotiate Britain's relationship with the European Union to Britain's advantage on terms acceptable to the sovereign British people.
Of course, I am assuming that you want to achieve all these things. Do you, Mr Cameron?