Trying to give our sham of a Parliament the benefit of the doubt, for the first time I have been contacting my local (Labour) MP, to discover what line she'll be taking over the issue of a referendum on the new EU treaty. As I have reminded her, the referendum was promised in the 2005 manifesto. So far and three emails later, I have had a reply from her office boy, but nothing from her good self.
Still, it won't be going away any time soon. A cross-party group has formed to push for the referendum that all three majors endorsed at the time of the last election. However, I don't see either of the opposition party leadership making much of the issue, beyond a little grandstanding.
There are those that pretend that all similarities between this treaty and the supposedly defunct “constitution” are neither here nor there, – to which I reply HOW STUPID DO YOU THINK WE ARE? Elsewhere in Europe, where they are not so terrified of admitting the obvious, the politicians and imperial commissioners affirm that the treaty is to all intents and purposes the same document.
One of the favourite justifications for not holding the referendum is the one about our system being a representational democracy. In fact the only reason they have against this referendum is that the people are likely to reject what our parasitical rulers want to foist upon us. Thus the system is one of unrepresentational democracy.