Gordon Brown told us (quite disingenuously given his parties commitment to a referendum) that Parliament is the proper place to debate the Lisbon constitreaty. So why has only 12 days debate been allocated on such a complex treaty, despite the opposition wanting much much more. The Telegraph has this opinion piece on why the debate is a joke.
The government gets to choose a debate topic for each day, the line by line scrutiny of a normal parliamentary bill is ignored. And once ratification is in place, other aspects are to be debated and decided in secret in Europe, such as a new interior ministry (COSI) which could have wide ranging powers not subject to parliamentary democracy. Dangerous moves indeed.