One wonders whether these “loyalty tests” involve swearing an oath of loyalty to the Prime Minister – perhaps in similar fashion to that demanded by Adolf Hitler in the 1930s.
Hitler’s oath, sworn by officers and serving members of the German armed forces, along with civil servants, pledged personal loyalty to him, rather than the German constitution.
There were people in public life who refused to swear the oath – as there are members of the Conservative cabinet who do not support Cameron on Europe – so the parallel is strong.
No doubt some readers will invoke Godwin’s Law, but there are so many similarities between Cameron’s Conservatives and Hitler’s Nazis that This Writer considers it a duty to take any opportunity to reinforce the comparison.
We don’t need loyalty tests. We need straight talking, honest politics.
Cabinet ministers have been summoned individually by David Cameron for “loyalty tests” to find out whether he can count on their support in the European Union membership referendum.
He set up the meetings to assess the number who are likely to oppose his leadership by campaigning for a “Brexit” in the vote which Mr Cameron hopes to stage in late June. The Prime Minister aims to secure agreement on reforming Britain’s relationship with Brussels at a summit of EU leaders in three weeks’ time – and to have the support of the large majority of his Cabinet as he makes the case for remaining in the 28-nation bloc.
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