CON­SER­VA­TIVES’ EURO­PEAN IN­TEN­TIONS WERE AP­PAR­ENT LONG AGO

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment&analysis -

Your con­cern about the Con­ser­va­tives’ “lack of so­phis­ti­ca­tion” (Ed­i­to­rial, Oc­to­ber 16) in fail­ing “to an­tic­i­pate the re­ac­tion of the Jewish com­mu­nity to their al­liance” needs be stood on its head: David Cameron’s be­hav­iour is wor­ry­ing, and he will have to show bet­ter judg­ment if he is to gain our trust in fu­ture, but the be­hav­iour of the com­mu­nity’s lead­er­ship and me­dia should con­cern us far more.

It is they — not the Con­ser­va­tive Party — who ex­ist to serve our in­ter­ests. The JC and com­mu­nity leaders should have raised con­cerns with Mr Cameron right from when he pro­posed a new Euro­pean di­rec­tion dur­ing his lead­er­ship cam­paign in 2005. Oth­ers, in and out of his party, in al­lied coun­tries, and in the me­dia, be­gan then to ex­press their con­cerns about the near im­pos­si­bil­ity of cre­at­ing a re­spectable Euro­pean con­ser­va­tive group­ing sep­a­rate from the main­stream cen­treright par­ties.

Our me­dia and our lead­er­ship should have paid more at­ten­tion and started to act much sooner.

Your Oc­to­ber 16 cov­er­age shows that the JC still doesn’t get it: the Con­ser­va­tives did not “join” the new ECR group — it is they who have driven it into be­ing and, without them, an ECR group would not ex­ist. When they needed al­lies, and re­spectable ones ap­peared thin on the ground, it was they who re­cruited the other sort. Spencer Hagard Milton Road, Cam­bridge

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