The UK Conservatives (William Hague) have announced to EU heads of state that they would see the appointment of Tony Blair as EU president to be a "hostile act". This is strong language! A "hostile act" is usually an attack or a declaration of war. Key bits from Hagues speech include the following: "British voters, who are about to remove a Labour government, would regard his reappearance on the world stage as a hostile act... Relations between a Conservative government and the EU would be worsened if Mr Blair were president... EU countries should remember the Iraq war and what that had done to European unity. Iraq would haunt Mr Blair in his first few months as president because he would have to give evidence in public to the Chilcot Inquiry into the 2003 war." Now the Conservatives are promising that if Lisbon is ratified thay will promptly issue a statement on what their position is. The chattering classes seem to feel it has to be some form of referendum. UKIP have announced that they will target all Conservative marginal seats. My thought for late Monday evening is that within hours of the Czechs ratifying the treaty the Conservatives have to promise some sort of referendum on Europe. What else can they do? The challenge is how to phrase the referendum question in a Europe where Lisbon has been ratified.