Mr Hague, we are told, could not be clearer. He has gone to exhaustive lengths to explain what he means when he says he can't say whether or not he will say what he means when he says he can't say what we will do if the Lisbon Treaty passes into law before we get into government, or not. The briefing notes, la Tamazin reveals, makes this absolutely clear:
"We will not let matters rest there" is a hypothetical holding answer to the hypothetical question of whether or not we will do something about a situation in the future we want to prevent happening in the first place and as such we can only answer a question pertaining to the opposite turning out to be the case because to do otherwise would be to elaborate on the unknowable.If people still want to vote UKIP after hearing that, frankly, there's nothing we can do to stop them, says Tamzin.
On reflection, not sure about the voting bit here … after reading that lot, one very quickly loses the will to live.