Well its happened at last. It left many questions unanswered. We are to have an in/out referendum if Dave's Tories win the 2015 election (unlikely) and if Dave can repatriate powers from Brussels (very unlikely) and if the Tory Europhiles dont dish the Bill. So the chance of a referendum is as I wrote before is vanishingly small.
Red Ed has given Dave what he wants by saying Labour if elected will not hold an in/out referendum so Dave can proceed into the next General Election saying we will give you a referendum and LibLab won't. I think this a big mistake by Red Ed. He is in a competitive market for votes and has just handed Dave a big competitive advantage. Labour, are now trying to backtrack on this. I am not surprised.
The speech was delivered at Bloomberg offices in Finsbury Square in their lecture theatre. I have sat there and listened to numerous financial talks. It holds something like 200 people, small for such an important speech.
Eukip's Nuttall was wheeled out on Daily Politics to spend most of his time listening to Shaps and Flint avoiding answering A Neil's questions. Nuttall said little other than to make the partisan point Dave's referendum was because he was running scared of UKIP. Not quite, its the electorate who are fed up with the EU. UKIP is only jumping on this bandwagon. Nuttall and Farage clearly had no answer to whats the point of UKIP now. Quite. Dave has tried to shoot EUKIP's fox. Farage looked rattled.
This one will run and run. I don't care who gets us out of EU control, as long as we get out.
Cameron has a credibility problem following his cast iron performance on the Lisbon Treaty. People, not least many Tory MPs , trust Cameron. They see him as little different from his LibDem chums.
Dave's other problem is the old one, its not the enemies in front of you that do you real damage, ie Red Ed, but the ones behind you Ken Clarke, Nick, Hezza etc. The devil as always is in the detail which will now start to trickle out.