When we last voted on European membership, 35 years ago, it was called the Common Market. In Parliament today, a debate has been scheduled on whether we should hold another referendum on that membership. It has been granted because 100,000 voters signed a petition on a government web site designed to promote democratic debate.
We are told by every government spokes-person that this is not the time for such a debate. That a referendum in 2013 or 2014, would be a damaging and irrelevant action. That despite 38 years of membership of this European venture, now is not the right time to come to a decision as to whether we want to remain members; that the economic crisis caused by sovereign debt across Europe - deeply exacerbated by the failing Euro - and which is now causing mass unemployment across not just the Eurozone, but throughout Europe, means that this is not the right time to have such a debate.
Mr Cameron, 100,000 people demanded this debate precisely because the European Union and its Euro currency has been such a truly terrible disaster for our people. They believe that the hubris and incompetence of the political class in allowing this to happen should now be stopped - that a line should be drawn, and a referendum take place in which the people can give their politicians an answer on European membership.
This is democracy in its purest and most simple form which will allow you and your colleagues to make the argument for or against the proposal. Saying that now is not the time is the excuse of despots and dictators throughout history - their deceitful calls for 'stability' are always used to stifle change...