I have already ranted in the past about how the Coalition government have regularly played to the average tabloid reader. They have pitted 'strivers against skivers' in a soundbitey headline grabbing policy of pure spite towards those who are needy. Buoyed by stories of failure within the NHS they are privatising it by stealth (no-one ever reports the good they do). They played up Cameron's so called veto just over a year ago, when it wasn't a veto at all. He basically just threw his toys out of the pram and the other European leaders shrugged it off. They blame our economic woes on the previous government, but things aren't getting any better. And they won't under this government.
The PM acts like a school boy in the House of Commons, reverting to sneers and personal jibes when he doesn't agree with what people are saying.
And now? Well they have given the Daily Mail readers what they want: a referendum on Europe. Scared of UKIP, and finally realising that the British people would rather have Ed Milliband as PM than Cam-Clegg, they have today put the political and financial stability of the UK in great danger. And what's the catch? Well the referendum wouldn't be until after the next election. So you'd have vote back the Tories if you want your referendum.
I am pro -EU, but am well aware that there needs to be lots of reforming. All Europeans are aware of that. But when you join a club you join it. You don't sit there blaming the other members of the club for all your problems. When you have a problem with your own family you don't distract them by talking about the problems with your club. You solve the problems. You work on your own and with the other club members as support and advisors. And when you're afraid that people actually don't like you, you don't throw your toys out of the pram and place everyone around you in danger.
Referendums (referenda?) are in theory a good thing, but should not be used to blackmail people into voting for a politician. I am actually confident that were there to be a referendum the British people would see sense and stay within the EU, and decide to reform it from within than to stand and point and shout from the sidelines, their voice withering to a whisper over time as they realise that they are being listened to less and less on the world political stage. They will hopefully realise that their PM is shamefully exploiting fears about the economy to try and persuade them to vote for them. But such an important issue should not be based on party politics and vote winning. Don't trust him, people. He's bullshitting you, and placing his own needs before his own. Again.