I am not going to repeat all the arguments for and, in my case , against the EU constitution, I've done that before. However, with general discussion today indicating that some Lib Dems favour a referendum, whilst Ming supposedly opposes referendum calls.
Ming seems to be under the misapprehension that the new EU constitution is not a constitution because it is only 96% of what was in the last aborted constitution. The Telegraph, for once in their existence, makes a good point (Hat Tip to The Daily Referendum blog for this)
"I say: If a Beefburger only contains 90% Beef, it is still a bloody Beefburger."
I say that support for a referendum is vital if the Lib Dems are to be seen as a listening party. The argument that "Well the public might reject it" is not coherent with our party's policy or ethos. We lead discussion, we do what is right for the country or our area, but we don't force of coerce people in to things. Signing the EU constitution without a referendum would be to go against all these things.