Dan Hodges looks at how Cameron is dealing with the EU:
But whatever you think of the issue of Europe, is this really the way Britain should be dealing with one of its leading strategic geopolitical partnerships?
But this is how politics deals with everything. It\’s why it\’s such a shit way of dealing with things: sometimes entirely necessary but exactly why we want politics to have as little do with things as is possible.
Every decision is weighed as to the political benefits that it brings the decision maker. And that\’s it: we don\’t get carefully considered mulling over what is the right thing to do.
Consider the (possibly apocryphal, but it\’s illustrative of the problem all the same) decisions over steel works under Callaghan. Yes, everyone accepted that steel works needed to be very large indeed in order to be efficient enough to survive. Big integrated works. So along went the decision: British Steel would have a girt big integrated works.
But where to put it, Scotland or Wales? For political reasons it was halved in size (and therefore neither half was large enough to be efficient) and one half in each Labour dependency.
As I say, that\’s how almost all decisions are taken@ what\’s good politics, not what is good by any rational standard.
Whether we should be in the EU or not is something that can and should be debated (as everyone knows, I\’m hugely biased on this point). But that\’s not what is actually happening, is it? Instead we\’ve got the usual mess of short term political manouvering.
Politics just isn\’t a very good way of dealing with things.