Nicholas Leonard: Cameron is a victim of his own bright ideas
British Prime Minister David Cameron is struggling to prevent arguments over Europe from undermining both the Conservative party and its coalition with the Liberal Democrats.
Cameron looked annoyed and irritable yesterday as he arrived in Manchester for his party's conference. It is easy to see why he is upset because he has only himself to blame for the major problem he now faces.
Earlier this year, in an effort to show just how democratic the coalition wanted to be, Cameron endorsed a plan to allow voters the right to sign internet petitions for topics they wanted to have debated in the Commons.