What we now see though is that this is morphing into a "top table syndrome
", where Cameron, afflicted by delusions of grandeur, appears to show that his main concern is to sit at the banqueting table with the "colleagues", rather than seek a sensible solution to the EU question.
This simply isn't good enough, and it provides further evidence that David Cameron is both badly advised, and out of touch. In this internet age, you have to be faster on your feet and more responsive to public opinion, which is often better informed than the wonks in the Westminster bubble.
The "lack of influence" lie has now been thorougly discredited
and, although only a small number of blogs have taken part in the exercise, our combined readership is well over 100,000 a month. We have lodged our rebuttals
in multiple posts, the latest coming from Witterings from Witney
These posts are permanently on the internet as searchable assets and, if Mr Cameron persists in asserting that which is patently untrue, he risks looking flat-footed and even stupid – at best. At worst, he stands charged, as WfW
would have it, of being "disingenuous", a "liar" and "guilty of misleading the public".
He may get away with it for now, but this is going to be a long and bitter debate, and Cameron can ill afford to be caught out perpetrating untruths, as indeed he will be, again and again. Whether he is lying or just ill-advised makes no difference. The effect will be the same.
Before he delivers his speech in the next few weeks, therefore, he needs to move out of his comfort zone and realise that the politico-media bubble no longer holds the monopoly on the flow of information. Much of his audience is better informed than he is: Boiling Frog
and Autonomous Mind
are already on the case. If Cameron peddles rubbish, he will be called out, and very quickly indeed.
Much is at stake here, and Mr Cameron – rightly – believes that the contents of his forthcoming speech will have a significant effect on his electoral prospects. But if he treats us with the same disdain that he gives to the facts, the speech will backfire on him. It will do nothing but confirm that he is not to be trusted. Taking us for fools is no longer an option. He must up his game, or lose it.