Devil’s Kitchen and EU referendum are both spot-on about the poor sense in forcing a premature referendum on EU membership; we should work to resist this with all our collective might. Europe is amassing a press and PR budget of tens of millions to be deployed wherever there is such a risk; Cameron’s government will also throw the whole weight of the government advertising and PR structures and budgets behind it, and that seeming ‘Out’ lead in the polls will melt like ice cream in the Sun.
Times change, the political landscape changes.
DK and I [as part of the Albion Alliance] fell out over this very issue in 2009, at a time when the referendum should have been put. The anti-Out forces were not nearly as well organized and Brown’s mess was fresh in everyone’s minds.
That was the time to do it, not at the end of Cameron’s first term. Three things altered that:
1. Cameron didn’t get his majority;
2. What Radders just described in this post has come about and they are much better organized now.
3. The EU is falling apart and it’s the better strategy to let it now.
This third point is the critical one which tips the balance. If that were not so, then there would still be a cogent case for putting it – an ever-burgeoning juggernaut needs to be stopped somewhere along the line and needs be before it can even ride over piled up bodies of sceptics. However, that does not appear to be the case, the EU appears to have run its course and done its damage, as maybe the deeply cynical global socialists had planned for it to do anyway.
Either way, this is certainly not the time now.