Monday, 14 September 2009

The European Constitution (aka the Lisbon Treaty)

In a couple of weeks' time Ireland will be voting again whether or not to accept the Lisbon Treaty, which (as we all know) is the European Constitution, which was rejected by France and the Netherlands and relabelled in an attempt to fool us into believing that it is not the same thing. It is, of course, the same: there will be a President of Europe (and horror of horrors, it might be Tony Blair), additional powers for the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Court of Justic, and the removal of a number of national vetoes. It is a further and very significant step in the transfer of our independence and sovereignty to an outside power, unwieldy, spendthrift, corrupt and largely unelected. The Irish, who sensibly voted No the first time, have been bullied into another referendum in the hope that this time they might give the "right" answer. That remains to be seen, though it seems the chances are they will vote Yes. In this country, although a large majority of us want one, we have been denied a referendum by our Labour rulers, and the position of the Conservatives is not entirely clear. In any case, it might all be done and dusted by the time they come to power next year (if, as most of us hope, that happens). So in fact it boils down to our entire future depending on Ireland. There could hardly be anything less democratic than the way our union with Europe has been foisted upon us, throughout its sorry history. It seems that there is nothing we can do but protest as loudly as we can. We have certainly never been able to vote.

2 comments:

  1. Pleace vote for democracy and against the treaty of lisbon

    Dear irish people!

    Pleace stop the treaty of lisbon! Is is antidemocartic, militaristic, antisocial. The disadvantages are much bigger, than the advantages. The EU can live with its actuell laws. They should only be changed into a democratic direction. With the treaty of lisbon, the european council is able to change this treaty in great parts without asking the parliament. This is nearly the same law, which mades the nationl- rassistic- party of Germany so powerfull in our country in the year 1933. Our basic law (the german constitution) and all other european constitutions should not be replaced by the treaty of lisbon. But the new treaty tries to bring all right- sytstems in a lower level than the new european right. Here is my informationpage: http://sites.google.com/site/euradevormwald/english . When you have some more english information, pleace send me a link or text or write it into the visitors book of my page. And pleace spread this text all over Ireland.

    In the hope in your activities for a better Europe, Felix Staratschek, Freiligrathstr. 2, D- 42477 Radevormwald (Germany)

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  2. Dear Felix, I could not agree with you more and I am glad that there are still people like us all over Europe who are concerned about democracy.

    I am sorry I was too late to spread your text all over Ireland, but I feel they might not have listened anyway!

    Best wishes, and keep in touch.

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