So, at time of publication, Mr Tyrie appears not to be decided on his vote at the referendum or if he is, he’s not letting on.
It was disappointing to see the majority of his county colleagues backing the status quo. The Brexit brigade are often criticised for not having the psychic powers of prediction of what an EU-less UK would look like, but you don’t need a crystal ball to see the future that awaits us if we remain: being tapped for bailouts in continuing crises with the euro, uncontrolled immigration, unaccountable interference in every sphere of our daily lives, huge contributions to an organisation so corrupt and inept that it cannot get its accounts signed off year after year, endless horse trading with twenty seven other vested interests, and so on.
David Cameron’s renegotiations amount to very little, but ambitious Tory politicians will nail their colours to his mast in the hope that if his shameless campaign of fear scares the electorate into a vote to remain, they will be beneficiaries in the post-referendum bloodletting. For MPs of integrity, Conservative and otherwise, the issue is very simple: it is impossible to reconcile a sovereign democracy with an unaccountable bureaucracy that overlays it.
What many commentators choose to forget is that most of Europe has little tradition of democracy. The governing power is left to get on with things, and when it oversteps the mark, the citizens take to the barricades. This method works up to a point, but that’s not the way we operate in Great Britain, and it’s time for us to leave.
It will be a close call, and there will be a lot of repair work to be done within government ranks. If the vote goes against them, despite or because of their outrageous scaremongering, Mr Cameron and his favoured successor will be politely asked to vacate their offices.
The top job then is anybody’s guess, but who would make an excellent chancellor of the exchequer given his outstanding chairmanship of the treasury select committee? Step forward Andrew Tyrie, with a cross in the ‘Leave’ box.