Europe has to address people's needs directly and reflect their priorities, not our own preoccupations.
Firstly, people take for granted that the E.U. has created the biggest economic space in the world.
For too long, decisions have been taken behind closed doors - tablets of stone have simply been past down to people without bothering to involve people, listen to their views or give them information about what we are doing and why.
It's a very good idea that we have a third term Labour government led by Tony Blair for a full term.
If the constitutional treaty is rejected it will be back to square one, just at a time when we want Europe to be a more effective force for good in the world, when we need to buttress ourselves against the pressures and insecurities of globalization.
What is most important for Europe is economic growth and jobs, security at home and safety in the world.
In my experience of these things, parties which shout about dirty tricks and the like tend to do so because they fear a direct hit in some vulnerable part of their political anatomy.
They want to derail peace because they want to plunge Northern Ireland back into armed conflict.
Having viewed Europe as an extension and projection of itself, France now finds Europe developing a mind and identity of its own which embraces France but is not controlled by France.
We've got to demonstrate why European unity and integration, our vast single market, our single currency, equip us with the strength to embrace globalization.
I'm optimistic that we are actually seeing the opportunity of a generation being created in this.
I do not share the half-in, half-out attitude to the EU of some in Britain. Britain's place is in Europe.
I think Europe is going in the right direction and we shouldn't be set back.
Of course, the EU is not going to fall apart, but at best it will stagnate for the foreseeable future and we will be dealing with quite a lot of internal chaos.
The markets don't like instability and they don't like uncertainty.