It’s increasingly irrelevant though. Both the ‘in’ camp and the ‘out’ camp are gearing up their campaigns already. The ‘negotiations’ have barely begun, but the results – if there are any – will have no effect on the make-up of the campaigns. Cameron’s fig leaf is looking decidedly dodgy.
In a sense, it’s not really a bad thing that the debate centres on the principle rather than the detail; I find it hard to believe that many electors will make up their minds by looking at the details of any Cameron package and carefully weighing up the impact. It’s much more likely that they will be voting on issues such as immigration, or even just a desire to give a kicking to a government mid term, which all serves to underline the folly of getting into this position for short term internal party reasons.
I do wonder though about the strategy of the ‘in’ camp in the names that they’re putting forward. It looks like the product of some sort of bubble-think to me. I fear that an unholy alliance of Blair, Brown, Major and Cameron might actually end up having quite the opposite effect of that intended.