TONY Blair came out fighting yesterday in defence of the European Union constitution.
And it looks like he is digging in for a long campaign, which means that so are we.
Few would argue that he has quite a job on his hands for as the Prime Minister pointed out himself in interviews yesterday, his aim is to separate the myth from the reality. And there's more than enough of that about.
You only had to watch those wheeled out to oppose Mr Blair yesterday. Robert Kilroy-Silk, becoming more and more the face of the UK Independence Party, said: "He's waving a piece of paper saying, it's OK, I've only given a little bit of our sovereignty away."
Well has he? And if it is a bit of our sovereignty, which bit?
The Prime Minister was adamant that Britain would retain control of its tax, foreign, defence, asylum and industrial relations policies.
But if he has indeed won the battle he says that he has won in Brussels, then he hasn't anything like won the war. His next campaign is to convince millions of understandably sceptical voters here on home ground that what has been done is in the best interests of Britain and that key fundamentals about our constitution would remain unchanged.
An ICM poll yesterday showed that if a referendum were held tomorrow, 57% would reject the constitution.
But a second poll for a different organisation did discover widespread ignorance about the contents of the new-look constitution and suggested that if facts about its content were more widely known, then the vote would look very different.
A long road ahead Mr Blair, but since you've ducked the immediate problem (holding a referendum sooner rather than later) time may just be on your side.