Nick Clegg this morning on the Today programme wriggled and wriggled, faced with Sandra Gidley saying Lib Dems promised a referendum on the Constitutional Treaty in 2005 and should honour their pledge. He sounded even worse when the BBC managed to ask him if he would vote for a double referendum,dealing both with the Constitutional treaty and with In-Out.
Why can’t he bring himself to vote for that? Because he is Euro Clegg, and is petrified that the British people if ever given a vote on Europe will show how much they distrust federalist MPs like him. He wants to avoid a referendum at all costs.
So we now have this pathetic leader putting his own MPs on a three line whip to ABSTAIN! Worse still for him, a number of them will understand just how angry their voters are about their conduct, and will vote with the Conservatives for the referendum we all promised at the last election.
Lord what fools these mortals be! If you kept your word and said what you mean you wouldn’t get into these difficulties, Mr Clegg. Does he really think these contortions are the way to help restore faith in politicians?