David Cameron offers an in/out referendum on EU membership in 2017 if we re-elect him in 2015.
"Now is the time for the British people to have their say."
Well let's have it now then.
Actually there are technical reasons why we can't have a referendum this side of the election - besides, the LibDems would block it.
Had David Cameron offered us an in/out referendum in his manifesto at the last election then the LibDems wouldn't even feature on the political landscape. Mr Cameron is a federalist and always will be. He has reneged on promises before. His chances of winning the next general election are slim and so this offer is pretty hollow and costless - as cheap as an empty conserve jar and the offering of non-existent jam to-morrow.
There will be no 'out' - the EU ratchet will continue to tighten. Mass immigration from Bulgaria and Romania will increase the sceptic support (but will also increase the number of Europhile voter base too.) The pro EU lobby is richer, more powerful and vested than it was in 1972.
Well done Nigel Farage, his party UKIP and the Tory Right for forcing the issue. Without this David Cameron would continue with EU integration unabated.