The BBC reports on Tony Benn's speech on the EU constitution:
"If this goes through Gordon Brown will not be the prime minister of Great Britain, he will be the mayor of the Greater British Authority".
Benn said power should be restored to nation states to opt out of the treaty if their people wanted it.
He said he feared the "death of democracy" in a wider sense - with the increasing dominance of unelected bodies such as the World Trade Organisation and multinational corporations.
Even Labour's own conference, which has voted to end emergency motions proposed by delegates and trade unions, had stifled democracy, he added.
Of course Benn is right. Democracy is under threat everywhere we look. Over the last twenty years or so, more and more powers have been surrendered to unelected bodies, such as the WTO, the IMF, the EU Commission, the World Bank and last, but certainly not least to multinational companies and financial institutions. Restoring these powers back to the nation state is an urgent priority: national sovereignty matters not because we are nationalists, but because we are democrats.
There's more on Tony Benn's speech over at Charlie Marks's excellent blog.