Mr Cameron and his shadow Foreign Secretary (William Hague) have decided to partner themselves with some rather awful characters on Europe's far right. How, one might legitimately ask, would the Mr Cameron of 2006 have described the 'For Fatherland and Freedom' party in Latvia that has participated in an annual event commemorating the Latvian Waffen SS, the Lettish legion. How might the 2006 Cameron have defended any alliance with Mr Kaminski, a member of the far-right Polish Law and Justice Party, who was and is openly opposed to the apology by his countrymen in 2001 for the massacre of hundreds of Jews in Jedwabne in July 1941. So according to the Tories of 2009 UKIP are still a bunch of "fruitcakes" but those that argue that global warming is a lie, that homosexuality is a "pathology" and that Europe is becoming a "neo-totalitarian" regime are respected partners who will help them shape the Europe of the twenty-first century. Is this really what compassionate Conservatism is all about? As David Miliband has recently pointed out, the Conservatives refuse to disown people that in Britain they would almost certainly not want to be associated with.
I am confused David and William: just exactly who are the “fruitcakes", "loonies" and "closet racists" now?