Re: Why is "Call me Dave" Cameron telling me what to think?
"Surely as we elect the government they should follow the will of the people and they should present both sides of the argument to ensure a fair referendum"
Common misconception, but no. We don't live in direct democracies, but in parliamentary ones. Essentially, this means we elect representatives on the basis of -perceived- competence and give them a charter for making decisions for the benefit of the electorate, thereby acknowledging we ourselves do not possess the competence of dealing with these complex matters.. Even if that electorate does not agree with individual decisions.
What Cameron is doing is playing chicken, because he is afraid of committing electoral suicide when the government's decisions proves to be indigestible by the electorate, and he can't find a way to explain it acceptably the next general elections.
As fair and just as direct democracy sounds, in practice it is untenable.