Over the years I've trained myself not to be wound up by those who set out to antagonise me. My teenage response to provocation would not be considered appropriate for a mature aspiring MP. Must admit it was quite satisfying though. Anyway, all this rubbish being printed about David Cameron supposedly 'reneging' on a promise to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty is winding me up a bit. I wouldn't use the front page of today's Telegraph for chip paper. I can think of one appropriate use for it though - except that I'm an ostomate.
It isn't David Cameron who has 'reneged'. It was Gordon Brown and Nick Clegg who did that. Until Vaclav Klaus signed the Lisbon Treaty today, Conservative policy was to hold a referendum - which would almost certainly have resulted in a rejection, and demise of the Lisbon Treaty. Its because the policy of David Cameron was rock-solid, that there's been an orchestrated democracy-defying drive to ensure that the Treaty became EU law - before a General Election that the Conservatives may win. Now the Treaty's been signed off, what on earth is the point of holding a referendum. Like arguing about whether the stable door should have been bolted - after the horse has disappeared over the horizon.
Its what happens now that's interesting. The appalling way in which the EU undermines democracy, caring nought about democratic principles makes me more Eurosceptic by the day. I also think it has made the peoples of Europe more Eurosceptic. David Cameron will tell us what his phrase "not letting matters rest" means tomorrow. It could be a very significant statement for the future of our country.
I do find some of the comments of other politicians nauseating. I just do not know how Labour and Liberal Democrat spokesmen have the brass neck to criticise the Conservative position. They really are fit for anything - except to be taken seriously. With Ukip, my feelings are different. Its like when your best mate seduces your woman - when there are plenty of others available. This week's edition of our local County Times, here in Montgomeryshire, has a letter from the Ukip candidate at the next General Election, David Rowlands attacking the Conservatives. He's always attacking the Conservatives - despite his Conservative opponent (me) being 'Eurosceptic' and his other opponents being integrationist. National leader of Ukip, Nigel Farage is always doing the same. All of Ukip's efforts seem geared towards delivering the opposite of their avowed aims. I can report that just blogging on this issue is helping me to calm down. No need to resort to the direct action of teenage years after all.