Understand more, condemn less. That's the way forward. Ask not why the Tory MEPs Daniel Hannan and Roger Helmer - those titans of Euroscepticism - were curiously absent at the fringe meeting specifically convened to debate the European Union. Perhaps they were "nobbled" by Tory high command who didn't want them on the same platform as Ukip's Nigel Farage. Perhaps they were "frit", as Ukip says.
I can confirm to The Guardian that the frit explanation seems to fit best.
A certain amount of pressure from the Tory High Command perhaps....wouldn't want three people all saying sensible things about the EU now, would we?