The BBC in its report on UKIP said with some glee that the Conservatives will face a challenge from the right at the European elections because UKIP will demand a referendum on Lisbon.
Why is it right wing to want to ask the people about such a crucial matter? Were Labour and the Lib Dems being unacceptably right wing when they promsied one in the last General Election? Did they become left wing when they ratted on their promise (Yes, probably! That’s a delightful unforeseen consequence of the BBC nonsense).
What the BBC should have said in its report was this. The Conservatives promised a referendum on Lisbon in the last Election. We kept our promise, moving an amendment to get one, and voting for it, when Lib Dems and Labour let us down by failing to keep their word. I seem to remember there were no elected UKIP MPs available to help us secure that referendum, and fewer Consrevatives than we needed because UKIP and others had stopped some Conservatives getting elected on the promise of a referendum.
Conservatives have made clear we will give a referedum if Lisbon has not been ratified everywhere when we come to office. It seems unlikely it will have been ratified, so there will be a referendum. If by any chance it has been ratified we will be taking other actions to sort out the EU mess, as we cannot live with Lisbon, or with other parts of the accumulated Treaties and powers of the EU.