Referendum Senior Moment

Yet another astonishing piece of dissembling from Miliband suggesting that a Conservative referendum on the EU would damage British business far more than his own anti-business rants. Firstly, even if opinion polls suggest a close run thing, I would bet your Mansion tax on the outcome. We will stay in the EU because, quite rightly, the uncertain consequences of pulling out would be far too dangerous to risk. (Footnote: see fear created over Scottish referendum on leaving the hated UK). But far more importantly, Tony Blair twice promised to hold an EU referendum and twice failed to honour his pledge. On April 20, 2004 Blair told Parliament it should debate the European constitutional question “in detail and decide upon it” and “then let the people have the final say.” He terminated the statement in the Commons with pretentious Shakespearean flourish: “Let the issue be put. Let the battle be joined.” 

It’s a risky thing to do, of course, but as long as we live in a democracy in which controversy over EU membership has ebbed and flowed since long before we joined the EU in 1973, a referendum has been the obvious, courageous and decent thing to do. The electorate will finally be empowered to decide for itself what it wants on a crucial issue – anathema to Red Ed’s old Labour which knows what’s best for all of us. Subjugation of the individual for the general good as decided by Labour.

Labour’s 2005 manifesto made clear “we will put it (the constitution) to the British people in a referendum and campaign wholeheartedly for a ‘yes’ vote.” Oh dear, oh dear. Is it any wonder the electorate is disenchanted with our politicians? Lies, lies and forgetfulness. The same lies that informed us the Tories were hell bent of “carving up” the NHS. A blatant untruth that was finally stamped on by the King’s Fund think tank report published earlier this month.