David Cameron mcopped a lot of flak when he made clear he would not promise a post Lisbon ratification referendum. Whatever one thought about it, at least it had some logic. The same cannot be said of the decision by Nick Clegg to abandon a promise of an In or Out referendum,
Readers will remember that Ming Campbell called for a referendum on the Constitutional Treaty, then after that was defeated in the French and Dutch referendums he switched to an "in-out" referendum as an excuse for their MPs to vote against having a referendum on its successor the Lisbon Treaty. But then in the Lords they didn't support having an "in-out" referendum either. Now they say that there's no longer any reason to have an "in-out" referendum because Lisbon is now in force - "history". Er, sorry? What's that got to do with a in-out referendum. Nothing!
A LibDem spokeswoman denied this. She said: "We always said, if there was going to be a referendum, then there it should be on the larger question of Britain's relationship with the EU."
That'll be "always", as in "always, except in our 2004 and 2005 election manifestos".
Surely if you believe in giving people a say by means of an "in-out" referendum, the argument for that is the same today as it was the day before the Lison Treaty came into force. Not in LibDem land, it seems.