Awkward! 7 David Cameron attacks new Tory MEP Marta Andreasen may regret
UKIP MEP Marta Andreasen’s defection to the Tories doesn’t mean she was always a Cameron fan
UKIP MEP Marta Andreasen ruffled feathers in her party as she announced over the weekend that she was leaving to join the Tories.
Andreasen saw the light, she told voters in Eastleigh in an open letter - the future was now blue, thanks to David Cameron’s “game changer” promise of an EU referendum.
“I was also reassured by the financial deal that David Cameron got for Britain on the EU Budget. This is a matter very close to my heart, and for which I have fought hard, and it is an important step for Britain in this battle,” she added.
UKIP leadership didn’t seem sad to see her go, with Nigel Farage acidly calling her “impossible” as he said:
“Having left the OECD, the European Commission and UKIP in unpleasant circumstances, the Conservative Party deserve what is coming to them. The woman is impossible.”
The one fly in the ointment for the Tories is that Andreasen has been far from the greatest Cameron fan, even if Tory chairman Grant Shapps was beside himself with joy that he said: “Her decisive words on the Prime Minister’s EU budget negotiations prove that the Conservatives are the only party who can protect Britain’s interests in Europe.”
With her website already being wiped clean of contradictions, here are just a few things Marta Andreasen may want to forget she said about her new boss and Tory colleague, David Cameron.
1. Cameron is “naive”
Marta Andreasen of February 2013 may want to talk to the Marta Andreasen of January 2013, who didn’t describe Cameron’s EU referendum speech as a game changer and chose to say this instead:
“He made a great speech but he obviously doesn’t know Brussels. Cameron fundamentally fails to understand the federal EU freight train. Whilst flexibility sounds great and was probably dreamed up by the Prime Minister whilst sitting in his slippers in Chequers, there is a different reality in Brussels.
“I can assure the Prime Minister that there is no such thing as flexibility when it comes to the EU’s objective: a deeper federal Europe where member states’ sovereignty becomes an anachronism.
“His speech therefore was naive. The train is on a one-way track,” she added.
2. Cameron is “not a Eurosceptic”
Andreasen, in a post on her website from November 2011, was keen to spell out 10 reasons why Cameron was not a Eurosceptic.
They included “supporting EU regulation on the City of London” and failing to the “reduce EU budget” while also allowing increases “despite promises”.
3. Cameron has “betrayed the City of London”
Andreasen isn’t much of a fan of Cameron’s efforts to stand up to the EU, telling TheParliament.com in 2010 that Cameron’s failure to stop the “alternative investment fund managers directive” was “another nail in the coffin of the City of London.
“The bottom line is that this directive will not prevent or slow down a future financial crisis. What it will do is be another nail in the coffin of the City of London. It’s hard to believe it was supported by the UK Conservative government.”
4. Cameron’s threat of EU veto? “Worthless” “Nobody respects it”
“David Cameron’s veto is worthless if nobody respects it. The UK has now been relegated to the sidelines on the EU Budget debate,” said Andreasen in November 2012.
5. Cameron “fell for Parliament’s bluff” and “seriously underestimated” UK bargaining power
Andreasen wasn’t impressed with the direction of EU budget negotiations in December 2010, saying:
“While we should be pleased that the European Parliament has surrendered its demands for a 6% increase in the budget and settled for 2.9%, what has become clear is that PM David Cameron seriously underestimated the bargaining power that the UK brings to the table and he could have held out for, and earned, a total budget freeze.
“Instead, he fell for the Parliament’s bluff and gave them half of what they wanted, when he could have actually given them nothing.”
6. Cameron’s “triumphalist” EU rhetoric is “just spin”
Andreasen laid into the Prime Minister in April 2011, in a post on her website that is no longer available:
She concluded after listening to a presentation on the future EU Commission’s Budget that “the triumphalist rhetoric employed by the British Prime Minister about how he secured decreases in EU spending was just spin. Make no mistake, today was a clear rebuke and a very public slap in the face to David Cameron.”
7. “Chest-beating” Cameron comes back from EU negotiations like Neville Chamberlain
A vote by the European Parliament led Andreasen to fume in December 2012:
“So much for the Prime Minister’s chest beating when he returned Chamberlain-like from Brussels last year with a piece of paper claiming victory on the 2012 budget with an inflationary rise of 2.02%.
“The reality is that MEPs have won and have managed to raise the 2012 budget by 9% on 2011. €6 billion will be front-loaded before the end of the year with the remaining €3 billion coming on stream in early 2013.