The row over Dave Cameron's decision to leave the mainstream European political bloc and transfer his allegiance to a Eurosceptic groupuscule, the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) led by a homophobic holocaust sceptic, Michael Kaminski, is warming up nicely.
William Hague is in the US hoping to ramp up the Special Relationship in anticipation of being the UK's Foreign Secretary next year, talking about important things like how to prevent AfPak turning into an unmitigated disaster (as he would put it), but his US counterparts are more concerned that their chief ally in Europe has wandered off the European centre stage and is clambering into an unemptied dustbin of right wing extremists.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, "a prominent Holocaust survivor has called on the Conservative party to reconsider its alliance with Michal Kaminski, the Polish MEP who leads the Conservatives in the European parliament, citing his "unacceptable" views".
So Dave is still struggling with the Euroscepticism in his party. He gave in to them over joining the ECR, and is now picking up the pieces in a strained relationship with his prospective US bosses.
I saw in a poll yesterday (sadly unable to find it today) that the Brits are neatly divided 50/50 over whether the EU is a Good Thing or a Bad Thing. Given the massive, sustained anti-European propaganda by the Mordoch Press, and other right wing organs, this shows that on a level playing field, Europe would be welcomed by a majority of Brits.
Maybe the understanding that the US wants the UK to be at the heart of European decision making, and not at its fetid and unwashed little toe will mean that Dave will cave in, and return, tail between legs, to the European mainstream.
PS There is a sorry excuse for an interview with Michael Kaminsky on Total Politics. Kaminsky weasles his way out of any direct answer on his homophobia and racism, as you would expect from any right wing politician being interviewed by a right wing journalist. But hang on, the journalist involved is none other than Iain Dale, the UK's top blogger. Is his patsy approach anything to do with the fact that he is trying (unsuccessfully so far) to get selected as a Tory MP?
I pause for thought before hitting the Publish button, as Iain Dale runs the polling for the Blog Awards (see top right of this page). However, what is the point of blogging if any consideration of personal advancement is taken into account? Publish and be damned.