"People are controlled within the Conservative party, as I was.”
It is a common charge, but, because the Tory leadership currently resembles Channel Four’s Big Brother, it doesn’t stick.
Consequently, McMillan-Scott sounds shrill. He accuses David Cameron of ‘propitiating extremism abroad’, a charge usually reserved for Abu-Hamza, and condemns Cameron as being ‘committed to power for its own sake’.
You can argue the toss over whether McMillan-Scott is poetic or pompous, personally I think he makes Speaker Bercow sound humble, but he is simply too insignificant to impress against Cameron and Hague. His fundamental irrelevance confirms the truth of his cause. The overwhelming majority of the Tory leadership and party are eurosceptic, often intensely so. Far from being set upon by megalomaniacal leadership, the party is united. McMillan-Scott is conspicuous by his singularity. Europhiles of Ken Clarke’s stature are now too close to government to risk even reminiscing about past battles.