By Tim Montgomerie
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I recently blogged that David Cameron's relations with the centre right press are very poor for this stage of the Parliament. They might be about to get worse…
"Downing Street said yesterday that a referendum is unnecessary. It is, at the very least, an odd negotiating strategy for Mr Cameron to throw away the strongest card in his hand before the game has even started." – Telegraph leader
"Slapping down Iain Duncan Smith, who pledged on Sunday that ‘the British public will have a say’, Downing Street’s official spokesman says there is no need for a popular vote, since the plans involve no significant shift of powers from Westminster to Brussels. How much longer can politicians go on treating the British people like congenital idiots? Yes, it may be true that the proposals for a single economic government of the eurozone will make no specific mention of further diluting Britain’s sovereignty. But this is sheer, legalistic nit-picking. The inescapable fact is that the plans being drawn up by Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy would create an entirely new-look EU, with an inner power bloc whose interests will often be diametrically opposed to those of the UK. Inevitably, the implications for the City of London, whose pre-eminence Frankfurt and Paris have been eyeing enviously for decades, will be enormous. So how can the Coalition pretend this is merely a concern for the eurozone, too insignificant to justify a referendum?" – Daily Mail leader
"We know David Cameron doesn't like confronting Brussels, but this time he must not surrender." – The Sun Says
This issue is about more than Europe. It's about trust in politicians and in David Cameron, in particular.