Having reflected on David Cameron's speech on a new European policy, let me offer a few lines of reaction. Tim Montgomerie has just tweeted that he is disappointed with it. Let me explain why I am not.
What David Cameron achieved today was to deliver a speech which was gritty, determined, realistic, statesmanlike. There was no bullshit. He just told it how it is. He reiterated the point that he never promised a referendum once the Treaty of Lisbon was ratified and that to do so would have been futile. And he's right. And deep down in the recesses of their Eurosceptic heads, even UKIP members and supporters know it. It might make us all feel better, but it would achieve nothing, and cost the taxpayer millions of pounds.
No, he had to look to the future, and with his proposals for a Sovereignty Act he will ensure that this sorry saga (which, remember is Brown's fault) can never happen again.
I would have preferred a 'mandate' referendum, if I am honest, but I can fully appreciate the logic that a manifesto commitment is just that, and gives him the mandate to negotiate over the restoration of various policy areas to this country.
One thing Conservatives need to be aware of is this. The media would like nothing better than a new Tory civil war on Europe. They have done their best to engineer it over the last few days and they have lamentably failed.
I believe Cameron's speech, while it could never have gone as far as some would have wished, did enough to keep all parts of the Party on board.
Will it satisfy those whose agenda is leaving the EU? No, and nothing he could say ever will. Frankly, those who start spitting about voting UKIP can bugger off and do just that if it makes them feel better. They may get a momentary warm glow of satisfaction, but what they could end up with is another five years of Gordon Brown.
Think on that, if you're one of those people. And then think about the word 'self-indulgent'.
Meanwhile, the rest of us will get on with trying to support a party leader who is trying his best to rescue the country from the Euro-mess created by the present lot.
Some people seem to have forgotten that it was Gordon Brown who reneged on his manifesto pledge for a referendum, not David Cameron. Cameron could never deliver on it if he wasn't in government. Brown was and didn't. That should tell you all you need to know.