Letters in both Guardian and Independent suggest that Blair is holding, or at least talking about holding, a referendum on the EU because he wants to distract attention from his humiliations over Iraq/Palestine. But why aren't any of our politicians or journalists saying so? I suppose it's because they mostly want a referendum and they don't care why we're going to have one.
In The Guardian
Tony Blair sets a hare running about a referendum that may or not happen in a couple of years. Gears grind, Tories gibber impotently, and news of his disastrous adventures in Iraq disappears into an inside page. Who's a clever boy?
In The Independent
Sir: When Blair was in trouble earlier over WMDs, Campbell diverted attention with the BBC row. After a disastrous meeting with Bush, the Middle East Road Map in tatters and Iraq in a mess, Blair steps off the plane and diverts our attention with the referendum show. Don't be fooled again. Keep your eyes on the ball.
R A STEEL
Now See Martin Rowson 3 days ago in The Guardian or "Condi" or "U-turn" below.