You might be forgiven for think that Gordon Brown pushing through the ratification of the EU reform treaty today was a pointless exercise, and you' d be right. But given the fact that Labour have been deluged with bad stories coming one after another, you'd have to think it was a wise "political" decision to do it, even if it was an exercise in futility.
Whilst the EU reform treaty remained unratified, it sat there like a festering sore. It could be referred to again and again by the opposition to the Treaty and in Europe too countries could point at the UK and claim it was showing the usual reluctance to be European.
I am 100% against the EU reform treaty being ratified without a referendum because it was Lib Dem policy to support a referendum, and this was the basis on which I campaigned and canvassed at previous elections. Little did I know the party was going to flip flop and back track on this promise. So Gordon Brown pushing it through today might have show political expediency, but lacks judgement on what the people of the UK want.