This week saw the TV debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage on the UK’s EU membership. Both presented their cases robustly, and the perception of a ‘winner’ depends on which side of the argument you support. So I think the reason Farage ‘won’ is because more people with anti-EU views took part in the aftershow poll. In the grand scheme of things it was a sideshow, and I agree with the Labour MP interviewed who said that most people have more pressing worries.
In any case, there is only likely to be a referendum if the Tories win outright next year. At the moment that seems an unlikely scenario. Even if UKIP do well in the upcoming EU elections, it will be a minor irritation at most.
So, as someone who feels that our continued membership of the EU is essential, I’m not particularly concerned by this week’s events. More pressing concerns lie ahead!