Friday, 14 September 2007
Have Brown and Campbell formed a pact to muddy the EU Referendum waters?
Is Ming Campbell helping out his old mate Gordon Brown with that tricky old EU Treaty? My blood is boiling. I don't think that I have seen a more cynical piece of political maneuvering like Ming's in a long time. Brown doesn't want to give us the referendum his party promised in its manifesto. David Cameron on the other hand believes it would be a betrayal of British citizens not to hold one.
Now in steps Ming the meaningless. What hope do the Libdems have of getting into power? I'll tell you: one very slim chance by the means of forming a coalition government with Labour after the next general election. We now have two Labour parties: Gordon's Big Labour Party and Ming's Little Labour Party. So now we are seeing Ming being a good Little Labour boy by trying to muddy EU Treaty Referendum waters. This is what Ming is proposing and it plays out beautifully for his mate Gordon:
“If there is to be a referendum it shouldn't be restricted to a comparatively minor treaty. It must be a decision about the EU as a whole. Let’s have an honest debate on the European Union followed by a real choice for the British people. That means a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU. We would ask the British people the big question - whether to remain in the European Union or not. I will lead the Liberal Democrats at the forefront of that debate. We will make the overwhelming case for Europe and trust the people to make the right choice.”
You see, Ming, like Gordon, does not want a referendum on the EU Treaty. Instead of just being straight and coming out with it, Ming is doing Gordon a favour by trying to change the question from:
Do you as a citizen of this country want a referendum on the EU Treaty?
Do you as a citizen of this country want to remain in the EU?
I think we can all see what this policy of Ming's is intended to do. He's trying to throw us of the scent. Ming and Gordon both believe that if it comes down to it, we could vote to stay in the EU. However they are both damn sure we will vote against the Treaty.