Listen to the statements of both parties. Please note that neither Cameron, nor Milliband, nor even Clegg have bothered to make a statement but have left it to spokesmen to comment, which tells you a lot abut the whole affair.
Here is the Tory comment,
"I imagine we will establish the whipping arrangements nearer the time but we have a very clear policy on that and that is set out in the coalition agreement.We would expect MPs and ministers to follow the Government's policy."And here comes Labour,
"Britain should be focused on creating the jobs and growth we desperately need, not cutting ourselves off from major export markets that British jobs depend on.Its not just the dismal predictability of the debate itself, and worse still the knowledge that it will be lost, and those who would see us remain in the stifling embrace of the European Union claiming that was it, we have had our discussion, now go back to sleep. It is this dull incomprehension from those that purport to govern us that sticks in the craw.
"The European Union should focus more on supporting growth and jobs, but a referendum on pulling out of the EU is a distraction that would create uncertainty for business and risks much needed investment in the UK."
The Tories will put down a fierce whip to show their own party backbenchers who is boss. And Labour shows the lack of imagination which will ensure that spend plenty of time on the opposition benches. They have a glorious opportunity here to stick one to David Cameron. Outflank him, cause him massive disruption, and at the same time prove that they can read the tea leaves and believe that people should decide their own future. But no, instead they retreat to the idiocies of the past.
Are we cut off from America, from India, from 95% of the worlds population? No of course not, would we be cut off from the markets on the continent, to ask it is to show the utter dullard thinking that emanates from Victoria St.
The only good thing I can see coming out of this is that any sneaking idea the supporters of the three main parties have that their own parties will do something about our relationship with Europe must at last be torpedoed. Any future candidate who claims to be a Eurosceptic in order to head off the threat from UKIP will, if they fail to vote in favour of this measure be seen as wanting. And yes, we will be making that point loud and clear across the country, in surgeries, in letters, in the local press and elsewhere.
They do not deserve you support, as they do not give a damn what you think.