Eurosceptic Tory Party Members Are The Anti-EU Taliban

In July 2013 on Conhome a Conservative MEP Sajjid Karim

discussing eurosceptic members of his own party, writing on twitter during a debate on Europe, said ‘It seems the anti-EU taliban find it difficult to accept a different point of view!’ He added ‘The Anti-EU Taliban don’t want an informed British public or an informed debate. Bring it on!”

Remainers for EU 2019

Conservatives who would happily describe themselves as anti-EU would be surprised to hear one of the party’s elected representatives label them an intolerant “Taliban”. It certainly isn’t a productive contribution to the debate, or helpful in improving relations between the party and its members.

Karim, who attacked the prospect of Brexit in the run up to the referendum and has since vowed to push for a “soft” exit and Single Market membership, has apparently been selected as a lead candidate for the party.

A recycled Libdem

he joined that party in 1989. Karim was elected a member of Pendle Borough Council in 1994 and served until 2002 representing Brierfield ward. He was elected to represent North West England in 2004 as a Liberal Democrat MEP.

On 26 November 2007 he changed horses and joined the Conservative Party and was re-elected to the European Parliament in June 2009. In May 2014 he was re-elected to serve a third term.

Seen here in Ormskirk with “guess who”!

Karim has claimed that he will be the number one candidate on the Conservative list for the North West of England in the European Elections. He goes on to say “Whilst Brexit is still going ahead though, I will be fighting for a ‘soft’ departure until the end, in both the interests of Lancashire, the North West and of the country. We hold this permanent seat on the UN Security Council as a United Kingdom. It is hard to imagine a scenario in which the likes of China and Russia (two other permanent seat holders) allow our seat to be maintained by England alone. The true cost of EU withdrawal then, will be a grave one”. Far from it, the true cost of our ongoing membership has been a grave one.

Karim is now questioning where funding for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is coming from. Sounds worried. Why are the Tories selecting such an anti-Brexit candidate to play a leading role in their EU Election campaign in the face of 17,410,742 leavers?

While Remainers might opt for anti-Brexit parties to voice their anger at Brexit, there will be some Conservatives standing in the European elections that oppose the UK leaving the European Union. Karim has campaigned for a People’s Vote to end the “madness”.

Karim previously claimed “The only way to stop this madness in its tracks is a parliamentary process leading to a People’s Vote. We want to be leading in our continent ideally through the European Union and projecting ourselves to the globe and winning, not falling down with a whimper”.

More of Karim’s bluster on Brexit in 2014 is classic hysterical Project Fear

He said “There are other major challenges that would arise from a British exit; some 2.2 million EU citizens who work in Britain, many in the City, and could be forced to leave. Given the significant contribution EU migrants make to the British economy, such an exodus would only exasperate the skills and labour shortage Britain already faces.

Just before the referendum in June 2016, he wrote: “If we end up with a vote for Brexit, the very existence of the United Kingdom as we know it is in peril. Who is to say that the Welsh and Northern Irish would not want to leave the UK also, particularly if their populations voted to Remain in the EU? Should Brexit lead to Scotland leaving and Welsh & Northern Irish discontent contributing to the same also, the UK’s permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council would undoubtedly be under threat”.

Perhaps some among us could care less about such an opinion? It might be the time to discuss English independence? Why not an English Parliament that carries out what England votes for?

So where does he stand? In April 2018 in an article on his website, Karim said “Regardless of how it happens Brexit is going to be bad for business, so limiting the extent of the damage is the best option we have right now and this means retaining our Single Market membership. Anything less would be senseless, damaging Lancashire and damaging the country”. Utter rubbish from someone who, after his “Taliban” sneer, brought forth some rational Conservatives taking the view that “It is one thing to disagree with people on your own side, and the Tory party is rightly a broad church, but it is quite another to go out of one’s way to insult them”.

Karim was evidently unrepentant, having put out a press release restating the slur “I have not used that term lightly, that’s exactly what they are. You are no longer allowed to hold a view unless it’s the same view as them.”

According to the release he particularly dislikes eurosceptics who “stifle debate by putting forward emotional and skewered arguments”. It seems bizarre to suggest emotion should play no part in politics, or that taking into account somehow closes down debate (though hopefully we can all agree no-one should be “skewered”).

It’s fair to say such a view will not be popular among members and activists, as much for its clumsy, insulting nature as for the pro-EU politics which lie behind it. Presumably that is why Karim has waited until just before the deadline for party members to rank his candidacy at next year’s elections before airing his view of them.

Quite why someone who so dislikes a sizeable chunk of the Conservative membership should seek to represent them is a mystery, but there should be a selection process which allows the members to make their views on such disdain clear, too. He said democracy is under attack and we must take responsibility for defending it [but not for defending the democratic 17,410,742!]. He is said to be a firm believer that decisions made by the EU should be taken as close as possible to the citizen.

It seems that Malik introduced a “Guide To Funding From The EU”. It detailed how to source funding from the EU. It might have been entitled a “Guide To Recovering Some Of The UK Funding We Donate To The EU”!

From the Telegraph

The year 2019 is already shaping up to be very strange indeed. A group of vegans has brought London to a shuddering halt. Politicians of all persuasions have ignored the largest democratic mandate in British history. Aston Villa has a serious chance of promotion. But perhaps the most astonishing development has been the sight of serial appointee Lord Adonis participating in the democratic process.

The Labour [unelected] peer, a former policy adviser to the Blair government, announced his attention to stand as an MEP in the South West, where he will face off against Annunziata Rees Mogg (expect fireworks). Hedging his bets, perhaps, Adonis has agreed to “suspend”, rather than “resign”, his bench-warmer seat [unelected! House of Lords].

Perhaps strangest of all is that the West Lancashire Tory party doesn’t mention Malik ever being a LibDem in its potted history published on its website. Probably ashamed of him?

In 2016 it was reported in the Telegraph Karim claimed £76,292 a year salary, plus £2,670 in pension contributions, and for the five years £159,858 in subsistence allowance, £189,420 in first class travel expenses, and £289,038 in UK office costs. Time to stop the EU gravy trains!

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