The quotes above are from the same Politician taken 13 days apart. In that time the change in the negotiating position of our nation through the hands of David Cameron have barely changed. Yet according to our various press and broadcast media, it is this one cheeky chapppie that has the potential to determine which way you and I will vote and the outcome of the referendum on 23rd June. If that is the case we must be completely gullible. Meanwhile another member of the current Cabinet had already made this statement before making the same decision as his flaxen haired chum.
“For weeks now I have been wrestling with the most difficult decision of my political life. But taking difficult decisions is what politicians are paid to do. No-one is forced to stand for Parliament, no-one is compelled to become a minister. If you take on those roles, which are great privileges, you also take on big responsibilities. I was encouraged to stand for Parliament by David Cameron and he has given me the opportunity to serve in what I believe is a great, reforming Government. I think he is an outstanding Prime Minister. There is, as far as I can see, only one significant issue on which we have differed. And that is the future of the UK in the European Union. It pains me to have to disagree with the Prime Minister on any issue. My instinct is to support him through good times and bad.”
The fact is that deciding which campaign to be part of on the matter of the EU should not be all that hard. It is only hard if one has concerns about ones own political future, but we do not pay Michael Gove several times the average wage to decide how to improve his political future, that is supposed to be his constituents role. If we need to be professional politicians to make this decision, then either all of us are capable of being professional politicians, or else people like Michael Gove and Boris Johnson are being paid too much for doing too little. The fact is that each of some 30M people get to make the same decision. Stay or Leave, In or Out. Yet here one of the Cabinets brightest Ministers suggests that this is a tough decision. Boris is apparently indicating, not so much that it is hard decision, but it is a decision that one can remake every 2 weeks, almost as quickly as one can pull the petals off a flower.
The decision to stay or leave (my own view is to stay in the EU) is one that each of us must make in the privacy of our own homes may depend on a bit more clarity than that provided by Boris, Michael or any of the other highly paid Cabinet Ministers. It is surely their role to outline the differences between the two options or shut up and leave us to think. It might help if the press scrum stopped following Boris around, although presumably he is due to change his mind again in about 2 weeks.