I have to say that it sticks in my gullet to be lectured about 'democracy' by a multi-millionaire whose main involvement in British politics has been to shovel millions of pounds into Tory party coffers and waste god knows how many days of FCO time in a pointless court case, again using his personal fortune as fuel. He has every right to donate money, take HM Government to court, of course, and I have every right to call him deluded when he pontificates about 'democracy.'
Of course, there is a history of this type of character on the euro-sceptic right. James Goldsmith used his hoard of cash to lecture us about 'democracy' as well so Stuart Wheeler is following a well-trodden path.
His court case will fail I'm sure. The Lisbon Treaty is a completely different concept to the draft constitution and similar in form to other such post-Treay of Rome treaties. In fact, Maastricht and the Single European Act were of far greater constitutional significance and there was almost no discussion about the need for a referendum on those treaties. The now defunct Constitutional Treaty basically established an entirely new European Union. When Vernon Bogdanor, one of the UK's foremost constitutional expert dismisses the notion that the Lisbon Treaty is of major constitutional importance, most people take note. Mr Wheeler knows better of course.
We are a democracy despite the neuroses of the Right. Stuart Wheeler is welcome to spend his money as he likes. What is worrying is that the Wheelers of this world have such a loose grip on the meaning of 'democracy.' For them, it is inconceivable that they could lose the argument unless Britain had ceased to be a democracy. That's just an attitude of 'I'm right and no-one else can be.' I can't imagine anything more anti-democratic.