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Tory Torpor

The EU’s proposed new constitution looms ever closer, and it seems that Tony Blair will seek to impose it on the UK without a referendum. The Tories, apparently, believe that there should be a referendum first. They are right, but who knew that was their policy? The Sunday Telegraph <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2003/05/11/dl1101.xml&sSheet=/news/2003/05/11/ixnewstop.html

“>takes up the story:

“Having set out [their policy], [the Tories] have done almost nothing to bring it to public attention. Michael Ancram [the shadow foreign secretary] is a civilized and charming man, but his torpor on this issue is typical of what is wrong with much of the Opposition front bench. It is not enough to put out a press release then sit back. They must be prepared to work night and day to capture people’s imaginations.”

Indeed they must, but will they?

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