We are not the bad guys here!
While it is very flattering for the Conservatives to be talked about as if we are already in government, we're not. Gordon Brown is the Prime Minister at the moment and Labour are in government. They are the ones who made a promise of a referendum and could have delivered on that promise. They didn't.
It is no longer possible to have a referendum on the ratification of the Lisbon treaty.
The treaty has already been ratified, while I don't like that fact at all, it is the truth. If we were to have a referendum on Lisbon what would the question be? We can't ask if the UK should ratify the treaty in the future tense, and if we ask "should the UK have ratified the treaty?" what would we do with the answer?
As Conservatives we should not base our future actions on our opponents' version of history.
The left are trying to paint David Cameron as going back on a "cast iron pledge" to hold a referendum whatever happened. Only he never said that. As you can see from this contemporary report David Cameron has broken no promise at all:
He said a referendum could take place "absolutely no problem at all" while it was still being discussed in Europe. But he admitted it was more difficult if there was no general election until 2010 and if all member states had ratified it without holding a referendum.
We are, both as a country and as a party, in a crappy position, not of our making. Gordon Brown has stitched us all up and David Cameron is going to have to come up with a plan of action. I think it is worth waiting and listening to what he has got to say before helping the left damage our election chances.