Having spoke to one or two people I know, largely by e-mail, but a couple face to face in the wake of Ming's refusal to let the British people decide if we should accept the new EU constitution, I am amazed at the number of people who say they are quite prepared to quit the party over the issue.
Sadly, given comments like these from some Lib Dem bloggers, the feeling seems to be that you can only ask for a referendum on this issue at the general election, and given the party's policy at the moment, someone like me can only express their wish to have a referendum by voting Tory. I am afraid that I have opposed the Conservative party throughout my political life, but if others feel like I do about the issue, and people are already telling me that they are prepared to quit the party, then Ming is going to have real problems, and the party could be heading for disaster.
What an absolute own goal and, yet again, a sure sign that Ming has got no political awareness about what real people want from the Lib Dems. Members will leave over this intransigence.