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More on Lisbon [Jul. 19th, 2008|03:41 am]
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I stumbled across the main headline of the Irish Independent today about Monsieur Boombastic coming to Ireland to talk about the Lisbon Treaty. If you want you can read it here.

Now, I may not have the most sharply honed political eye, but something seems to be screaming at me here. Look at the major players who are complaining about the organisation of the meeting. Look at the people who are complaining about Boombastic telling us that it's a second vote or nothing. Look those complaining about the organisation of the meeting. That would be Labour and Fine Gael, respectively. For those who aren't as au fait with Irish politics, Fine Gael were one of the people really heavily pushing a Yes vote on Lisbon, and similarly with Labour, although in a different way. Again, my less-than eagle eye is stumbling at recognising the basic political merit of the European President's move to seriously aggravate at least two of the major Yes teams.

With regards to Sarkozy's belief that we need a second referendum, it seems the popular sentiment is, "Yeah... Sure, Nicky-boy, we'll get on that, just as soon as your guys have one".

At this point it's probably worth noting, that I'm not saying this in a pro or anti Lisbon way... I just think that there won't be any constructive results from Sarkozy's visit given the current attitudes.
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[User Picture]From: fnordius
2008-07-21 08:06 pm (UTC)
Not even the Germans thought Le Petit Nicholas was doing anybody any favours. The consensus here is that he was going through the motions, since he really doesn't give a shit about the EU.

A better approach would be to actually sit down, town hall style, with actual voters. Ask them what they don't like about the Lisbon Treaty, and address their concerns with more than "well, you just don't get it" talk.

I mean, it's hard enough to follow, since it's a treaty that only swaps paragraphs in preceding treaties. Lots of "In the Treaty of Maasticht from 1990, Paragraph 213 which was ... now reads as follows..." It makes your eyes water.
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