David Cameron: Beware The Ides Of June.
Lonely Man Cameron.
Many many moons ago Roman Emperor Julius Caesar, Lord of all he surveyed, was murdered in Rome by those who hated him and even those who had been close to him. We move to the present day to David Cameron politically speaking lord of all that he surveys being the Prime Minister of the UK and winning two general elections.
David Cameron after what seemed like many hours managed to get an agreement from the other 28 heads of state in the EU for a deal that everyone could agree on over the UK staying in the EU with provisos. There were many sticking points and one of the most important ones was restricting benefits on EU migrants for 13 years and this was eventually whittled down to 7 years with the agreement of the Poles and other eastern European states where many of their citizens have come to settle and work in the UK.
People like Nigel Farage and George Galloway who are for the UK leaving the EU poured scorn on the whole deal that Cameron came back with and indeed we now know that the referendum he has promised us for whether the UK stays in or out of the EU will be 23 June this year.
Many of Cameron's cabinet like DWP head Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling plus Michael Gove who are to coin a media phrase big beasts within the cabinet have declared themselves for the out of the EU campaign.
One person who seemed decidedly undecided was current mayor of London and MP Boris Johnson. Whenever confronted by reporters BJ as he has come to be known kept which way he would declare either for the In Europe campaign or out very much close to his chest.
After this it seemed as if Boris had gone to ground with many pundits speculating on the fact that Boris was weighing up which way he would go in the EU referendum. Well the answer can finally be delcared: BJ is going with the out campaign and admitted he was flying in the face of his friend David Cameron but he had to make this decision.
Many pundits though have said is Boris just doing this because he has the future of the UK in high regard or is he just looking after himself as Boris wants to succeed David Cameron as both leader of the Conservative party and Prime Minister.
On the Andrew Marr Show yesterday morning on BBC 1 David Cameron seemed a rather forlorn figure as he now realizes the enormity of what is coming upon him in this EU vote. This may cost Cameron his political career if the referendum votes to get out of the EU. Many have said Cameron will fall on his sword and resign as Prime Minister if this is the case and although ministers have said they could see Cameron carrying on and negotiating the exiting of the UK from the EU why would he? After such a humiliating defeat why would Cameron negotiate with other EU leaders for something he had staked his political career on of keeping us in the EU when the country had voted to leave?
Going back to Julius Caesar it must seem to David Cameron that he too has had the knives plunged into him metaphorically speaking from cabinet members and Conservative MPs who have opted for the out campaign. Maybe he always knew those MPs who were anti the EU would back the out campaign any way but never the less it must still hurt him to know that people he has worked with day in and day out have gone to the dark side as he sees it to borrow a line from the Star Wars franchise and are backing the out campaign.
It maybe though that those who are backing the out campaign could be playing with fire too because if the UK votes to stay in the EU their careers may never be the same again especially Boris Johnson.
The European Union has always divided the Conservative party and the EU once more has come back to haunt the Tories and shows how divided on Europe as a party they still are.
However the vote goes will it once and for all put this EU debate between the pro - Europe and anti - Europe MPs to bed and not only in the Conservative party. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was anti being in the EU now he seems to have swung the other way but there are still pro and anti the EU MPs in other parties too.
We will have to wait and see and which ever way the vote goes in June in or out the UK may be changed forever in one respect or another.