Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Lisbon Treaty: Stage Managing the Irish Vote

Ireland is the only EU Member State that will hold a referendum on the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, since its Constitution requires it.

Not surprisingly, the prospect of real people actually getting to vote on their country's future in Europe has politicians in Britain, Ireland and the EU rather uneasy - a NO vote would be a considerable setback for the grand plan for a centrally controlled European state.

A leaked Foreign Office memo of 29 February indicates how the British and Irish Governments plan to collude to try to ensure that the Irish people vote the 'right way' when the referendum takes place in the summer, referring to:

  • A "need [for the British & Irish Governments] to remain in close touch" ahead of the vote.
  • A planned delaying of the referendum date (now set at June 12) in order to "keep the no camp guessing"
  • A need for the referendum to be scheduled before the Autumn in order to avoid the "risk of unhelpful developments...particularly related to EU defense policy".

Perhaps this will alert as-yet-undecided Irish voters to the cynicism of their Government. Surely there are few things better than giving contemptuous politicians in your own country and elsewhere a black eye at the ballot box.

People of Ireland, Vote No. Please. Because the rest of us don't have the choice.

Hat-tip: Iain Dale

1 comment:

TBRRob said...

Ian I know you're an atheist but I think we're going to have to do a lot of praying...