Wednesday, September 02, 2009
The Lisbon Treaty - When is No not a No?
This is democracy in Ireland and Europe: you get to vote in a referendum on a subject and then you get to vote again because you didn't give the correct answer the first time. Let's be clear about this matter. The Lisbon Treaty is a new constitution for the European Community. However, it is called a "treaty" so that all the people of the other European countries don't get to vote on it. Only Ireland. Because our constitution is stronger, apparently, than any other European country. Our economy isn't, but that's another matter. No, it's not another matter. Our government, the Yes people and the governments of Europe - i.e. those governments who won't let their own people vote on the matter - are unashamedly telling the Irish people that if we don't vote Yes we will pay for it. Europe won't bail us out of the mess our Yes government has got us into along with their banker and developer pals. (Again, I say, this is democracy?) As for the guide the Yes government has sent out to supposedly educate us on the treaty - as if we weren't educated the last time - it is a shameless piece of propaganda masquerading as impartial material written by an "independent body" (only coincidententally financed by the Yes government). They are even up to subliminal tricks. Check out the pink-tie chairman's intro at the beginning of the pamphlet, 3rd para, last line. The word "vote" is almost right under "yes" in the previous sentence and a safe distance away from "no." Indeed, when I read that sentence I actually read "we strongly encourage you to vote yes." Tricky slicky politikies. I voted No last time and I will vote No again. I even know some Yes voters who are voting No because they are pissed that we are voting again. The democratic deficit in the present European set-up laid bare! And may I ask whatever happened to the opposition in this country? The Greens have sold their souls for power - only two left, in goverment, the rest of them wiped out in the last election - and Labour's leader, Eamon Gilmore clearly said "the Treaty is dead" after the last referendum and there he is like the rest of the sleeveens, asking us to vote Yes again. Our forefathers are rolling over in their graves. This is what they died for? A parcel of rogues in a nation.