In More Human, Steve Hilton describes the EU as ‘a stinking cesspit of corporate corruption gussied up in the garb of idealistic internationalism’. So given his strong words on the issue, in theory it would seem that David Cameron’s former director of strategy — who is also one of the Prime Minister’s closest friends — has all the makings of a Brexiteer.
However, speaking on Today to launch his new website Crowdpac — which aims to show which candidates match your priorities — Hilton appeared to get cold feet on the issue. When Sarah Montague asked him if he was backing Out, Hilton attempted to avoid the question several times:
SH: Well Sarah, I’m not going to get into that today. Other than to say it’s many peoples’ experience on both sides of the argument. I think you’d probably find David Cameron agreeing with that, even someone like Nick Clegg I remember being very frustrated with the way the EU impacted daily life in government. I don’t think that would necessarily push you in one direction or the other. But I think the EU referendum campaign is…
SM: Wouldn’t it push you then?
SH: I think it’s another example of why we need Crowdpac…
SM: But you’d vote leave?
SH: I’m not going to get into the argument now
Could Hilton’s loyalty to his old chums Cameron and Osborne be what’s holding him back from taking the plunge?