Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Roger Helmer Resigns

'Europlastic' Tory MEP Roger Helmer has announced his resignation from the European Parliament, the reasons he gives are:
But it would be disingenuous to deny that my decision is dictated in part by my increasing disillusion with the attitudes of the Conservative Party. I am finding it ever more difficult to defend the policies of the Coalition, not only on my key issues of Europe, and of climate and energy, but on a range of other matters besides.
I think a congratulations and a special mention to the dogged efforts of Autonomous Mind is in order here, who, in no small part, has consistently made Roger's contradictory position more and more difficult to defend.

One would like to think that Roger at last has found some principles, but then we're reminded that he's nearly 70, he's been an MEP for over 12 years (for a party whose enthusiasm for the EU is obvious) and he now has a nice EU pension to look forward to, to ease the pain of 'retirement'.


  1. Second the congrats to AM, TBF.

    Leaving aside your justified comment about an EU pension, might we be magnanimous in victory by conceding that he may just have seen the light?

    Aha: word verification was sivies.....

  2. Thanks WfW, I take on board your magnanimous comment. Perhaps you're right - he's seen the light - I just can't help feeling that, only now coming towards the end of his career, he decides to resign out of principle when he has nothing to lose.

    It seems rather like other politicians who only speak the truth after they have left high office.

    Perhaps it's a failing of mine but on the EU and the Euro I don't do magnanimous very well.