The Lib Dems have ditched their pledge for an "in or out" referendum on UK membership of the EU. That is what the BBC tells us, citing ex leader Sir Menzies Campbell, so it must be true.
When he launched the policy in 2007, Sir Menzies said the public deserved an "honest debate" on Europe, arguing that a public vote was needed to reaffirm Britain's relationship with the EU. But now, on the day that the Lisbon treaty comes in to force, Campbell is saying that there is "no public appetite" for a vote.
Dead convenient, that ... now the deed is done, there is "no public appetite" for a referendum. Perhaps he is right. A revolution is more appropriate.