Britain MUST Leave The EU Says David Cameron’s Strategy Guru Steve Hilton

Britain MUST Leave The EU Says David Cameron’s Strategy Guru Steve Hilton, by James Delingpole.

[Steve Hilton], perhaps more than anyone, can lay claim to having “made” David Cameron, transforming him from an obscure backbench MP into Prime Minister material. Hilton has advised the Prime Minister on and off throughout his period in office and is still one of Dave’s closest friends. Well at least he was till the publication of this blistering broadside in the Daily Mail.

Hilton on the EU:

It is anti-market, stifling innovation and competition with its statism, corporatism and bureaucracy.

It is anti-enterprise, acting in the interests of the big businesses that have corruptly captured the levers of power in Brussels through their shameless lobbying and insider deal-making, enabling a gradual corporate takeover of our country. …

But perhaps the most powerful argument for leaving the EU is to look at the people who are wheeled out to persuade us to stay: figures like the International Monetary Fund boss Christine Lagarde, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, advertising giant Sir Martin Sorrell, as well as the Confederation of British Industry and all the other Establishment stooges.

They want us to stay in the EU because their whole world depends upon it. Their lifestyle of summit meetings and first-class flights and five-star hotels; their flitting and floating from New York to Brussels to Beijing, serving the interests of the technocratic elite — the bankers, bureaucrats and accountants who run the modern world and who, regardless of which government is in power in which country, push the same old dogma of global-isation, privatisation and centralisation.

Delingpole on its significance:

This represents by far the biggest blow to David Cameron personally and also to the credibility of his pro-EU argument since the official referendum campaign began. … It is a rejection of everything Cameron stands for politically by the man who understands him best.

Without Hilton, David Cameron might still be languishing on the back benches or in some pointless ministerial role like Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Hilton was the man who helped  propel him to the very top.

They first met as long ago as 1992 while working … at Conservative Central Office. In 2005 he was the man who advised Cameron to run for the Party leadership and – arguably – made him electable by “detoxifying the brand” and encouraging him to adopt touchy-feely slogans like “hug a hoodie” and “vote blue go green”, as well as by helping to stage the stunt where Cameron was photographed with huskies in the Arctic Circle worrying about melting glaciers and climate change.

Many natural conservatives will never have forgiven Hilton for this. It is, after all, classic “cuckservatism” or what Americans might call RINO squishery. I used to think this way myself until I realised the fundamental difference in attitudes between Hilton and Cameron: for the former, all that stuff was essentially a marketing move – a means to the end of gaining office and doing more important, effective, cleverer stuff once in power; for the latter it’s an end in itself.

hat-tip Chris