Interesting stuff from David Blunkett in his column today:
"The Government has a long way to go in providing a proper answer to the demands for a referendum on the new European Union treaty. And Foreign Office ministers still need to give a decisive answer to accusations the treaty is not really any different to the EU Constitution that was rejected by the voters of France and Holland. What horrifies me is the growing demand from trade unions for a nationwide ballot."
"Not because they are against the treaty but because they think we have secured too many opt-outs on rights issues and matters of "social protection".
"But most important is the need to take an entirely new look at what we want from Europe. We need a different sort of EU - not one built on someone's vision of the 1950s but a vision of what Europe should be like well into the 21st Century."
"We need to be discussing the democratic politics of the future, but so often the argument is about our fears of the non-democratic Europe of the past."