Ed Davey – the Lib Dem Foreign Affairs spokesman – was ejected from the Commons for his angry insistence on the matter. The rest of his party then walked out in protest.
It’s difficult to see what the Lib Dems hope to gain from their bizzare behaviour. Of course, they’re trying to present themselves as staunch defenders of the British public’s rights. But their actions will most-likely deny that same public a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, whilst achieving nothing by way of compensation. It’s one thing to enshrine a red herring as party policy, but running round and slapping everyone in the face with it is quite another.
I’ve been praiseful of Nick Clegg in the past. But now he’s shuttled from the sublime to the ridiculous at supersonic speed. One wonders whether he’ll be able to find his way back.