There is little doubt that the Speaker's refusal to accept the Lib Dems amendment to the EU Treaty vote in parliament is a blatantly political act. To refuse to allow a party to submit it's own motion in the way Michael Martin has (and noticeably left Deputy Speaker Michael Lord to carry the can) on an important issue such as this shows an astonishing amount of political interference from the Speaker, and a real lack of unbiased an fair treatment for all sides.
However, this political move from the speaker should be seen as an opportunity to light the touch paper for an equally political response from the Lib Dems.
Why don't the Lib Dems now accept that the choice is a referendum on the EU treaty or not. With the speaker, a Labour politician doing so much to try and protect his Scottish friend in number 10 Downing Street, the Lib Dems need to wake up to the need for a more suitable political response. Let's put Gordon Brown in a corner and show him that the Lib Dems too can fight back. Let's support calls for a referendum on the EU Constitution and take the fight to Gordon Brown.
It can still be party policy to support a wider referendum in the future, but for now only one referendum is on offer and it deserves our support.