I was inspired to write an open letter on this topic by this blog.
Dear David Cameron
I am writing this open letter to you for clarification on a point you have raised in the past. During your campaign for the party leadership you pledged to withdraw British Conservative MEPs from the EPP-ED, at the time I believe the pledge was to do so in "months, not years."
In 2006 I recall that this pledge was put back until 2009. This was because you struck a deal with Mirek Topolanek, the now President of the EU to form a new group, but the Czech Leader had asked or the additional time to make the required political changes at home.
We are now into March of 2009 and there are EU elections this year. May I boldly suggest that the time is now to re-visit this dialogue with your party's potential voters.
The Parliament does not have an official opposition, and the voice calling for less integration within the EU is small. There is a fundamental need in any democracy for opposition voices to be heard. Without opposition, there is no democracy. The majority of people in the UK would favour drastically reduced influence from the EU, yet that voice is not proportionately represented.
The opposition parties in the UK have made claims that Conservative influence within the EU will diminish as a result of leaving the EPP-ED. The decision to leave the EPP was one of courage, this same courage is lacking in the delivery. With a coalition in the EU Parliament proposing a reversal on integrationalist policies, you will only see membership numbers grow over time. It would place the Conservatives in a position of leadership in Europe, and allow your party to better represent your constituents on basic Conservative principles.
At the moment, potential Conservative voters could be forgiven for not knowing what they might be voting for.
It was you who said "I want to apply the modernising approach that I am bringing to the Conservative Party to our approach to Europe. I want us to be the champions of change, optimism and hope in Europe as well as Britain. It is time for a Europe not of deals but of ideals. So we say to the moderate mainstream, who are not satisfied with the EU as it is today: come and join us - we have a future to fight for."
You have done good work in making the Conservative seem electable again at home; you are no longer viewed as the nasty party. This change of image must go further in Europe. Your party cannot be aligned with those people who would disrespectfully Jeer the President of a sovereign nation who dares to ask for accountability to, and dialogue with European people. Your party cannot be aligned to those people who prescribe their indoctrinated policies rather than implementing those which the people of the EU have asked for. Forced co-operation and integration will not lead to peace in our time, but just the opposite. The people of the Europe need representative who can and will stand up to this leviathan and declare "Enough!" and have that voice heard.
If we are to believe that you can help our nation onto the road to recovery and if we are to trust you at the helm; we need to know you will fulfil your stated pledges... and on this particular pledge, I for one would like to know when.