I’m not sure if technically John Redmond was one of Major’s original “bastards”, but if not, he was sure certainly rowing in the same direction. Which makes this post all the more thought provovoking at this particular juncture.
Hague and Cameron, in contrast, are more Europhile, albeit of the Basil Fawlty variety:
May I say how pleased we are to have some Europeans here now that we are on the continent? ... I didn't vote for it myself, quite honestly, but now that we're in, I'm determined to make it work….This is where the present government’s fault-line lies, not between the Conservatives and the "Gosh, look, we’re in power, don’t rock the boat" Liberal Democrats. A substantial part of the Conservative Party and quite possibly a majority of the UK’s population would vote tomorrow to leave the EU. The leadership, whilst no fans of the "Euro-project", know exactly where such a move would leave the UK diplomatically and so much more importantly, economically.