CONSERVATIVES’ EUROPEAN INTENTIONS WERE APPARENT LONG AGO
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