Communities Secretary Hazel Blears was on Newsnight tonight to defend Wendy Alexander's U-turn to support an independence referendum in Scotland.
Stressing that the government was not afraid to put the issue to the people, in the context of the government's refusal to hold the promised referendum on the EU Constitution Ms Blears exhibited hypocrisy of monumental proportions. Not exactly a new trait for her, either.
She said: "If Alex Salmond is going to bang on about having a referendum then actually he should put his money where is mouth is and be prepared to have that vote. We are not afraid of the argument with the people...
"We are not afraid to have a political argument with our opponents whether it's the referendum in Scotland or the Tories in Crewe and Nantwich."
Oh really? So where's our EU Constitution referendum then Hazel?