Just before Christmas last year the Prime Minister David Cameron walked out of the European Union summit and declared that he had pulled off by being firm and using the United Kingdom’s veto the greatest victory since Henry V disposed of the French.
In one the most famous of Shakespeare’s speeches
“KING HENRY V
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour’d rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
Let pry through the portage of the head
Like the brass cannon; let the brow o’erwhelm it
As fearfully as doth a galled rock
O’erhang and jutty his confounded base,
Swill’d with the wild and wasteful ocean.
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit
To his full height. On, on, you noblest English.
Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof!
Fathers that, like so many Alexanders,
Have in these parts from morn till even fought
And sheathed their swords for lack of argument:
Dishonour not your mothers; now attest
That those whom you call’d fathers did beget you.
Be copy now to men of grosser blood,
And teach them how to war. And you, good yeoman,
Whose limbs were made in England, show us here
The mettle of your pasture; let us swear
That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not;
For there is none of you so mean and base,
That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game’s afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George!’
Yesterday, the 31st January 2012, our great “European saviour” stood up in the House of Commons, the Mother of Parliamentary Democracy and tried to continue the charade.
His sidekick and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg looked distinctly uncomfortable, the Conservative euro-sceptics made it very clear they didn’t believe a word of what the Prime Minister was saying and are calling for a referendum, threatening a revolt that if it was taken to its conclusion would end the coalition and lead to an early General Election.
The question is will they risk it or will it as we have seen in the past just be a minority of Conservative grand-standers enjoying the limelight but proving to be more wind than fury.
What it has shown is that the “wholly united behind the leader Conservative Party” may not be as the Leader would have everyone believe.
More importantly for the economy and welfare of the people of Britain is that David Cameron has engineered and created a situation that has caused an unnecessary rift with the European markets for the sake of personal ratings.
What his speech in Westminster yesterday proved is that our Prime Minister is nowhere near being Henry V.