1st October 2009
OPINION: We (allegedly) have freedom of speech in a democracy and are free to vote as we see fit - so it seems a bit odd that the ‘people have already spoken’ once on the Lisbon Treaty yet we are being asked to vote again, writes JOSEPH MORGAN
Acres of rainforest have been destroyed in print articles on the Lisbon Treaty vote re-run (and let’s call a spade a spade, we are being forced to vote again) so this opinion article will only go out on the ‘interweb’.
Here’s a prediction for you: 60% of the Irish electorate will vote in this referendum. The Yes side, having done a great job of ‘scaring the horses’, will win by 60% (or so) to 40%. This means that the Yes vote will have been pushed through by 36% of the country voting for it. This is called ‘democracy’.
Consider a few questions:
Had the Yes vote carried the day last time, would the No campaign have been given another chance?
What is Ireland’s greatest priority at the moment? Is it getting rid of the current government – an administration that has recklessly managed the economy – and replacing them with a new group that have a clear mandate to do what needs to be done to restore this country to semblance of health…….. or handing over more power to unelected ‘politicians’ in Europe?
Do you really think that Ireland would be thrown out of Europe if we voted No again?
How would people like to have Tony Blair (a man who took his country to war on the basis of weapons of mass destruction that never existed) as the first president of Europe?
Have you read the Lisbon Treaty and do you understand it? Would you sign any other kind of contract if you didn’t understand it?
Do you think all the other (governments of) EU states were right not to give their electorates the opportunity to express their opinions in a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty?
Did you know that this is a self-amending treaty and that it is unlikely that Ireland will get to vote in a referendum again on any future changes to these ‘rules of the game’?
Do you think that voting Yes will get you your job back if you are unemployed?
Do you believe that Ireland is really considered by the larger countries to be ‘at the heart of Europe’? Or is the true heart of Europe run by those leaders you always see jostling for a position in the middle of the front row for the group photograph when those EU leaders meet?
What decision do you think the larger countries would take next year if it suited them to raise interest rates but that very move would be damaging to Ireland? Would they hold back for a few months to help Ireland?
Do you believe that the so-called ‘guarantees’ given to Ireland will be upheld 100% over, say, the next ten years?
Do you trust Brian Cowen to be telling you the absolute truth vis-à-vis everything about the Lisbon Treaty?
What did you think of the blatant display of military power at the opening of the European parliament earlier this year?
Do you think the EU will rush to get this treaty finalised if the Yes vote wins on 2nd October in case the Conservatives (who have promised to give the UK electorate a referendum on this) get in to power in the UK after their general election next year?
Do you believe in the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus?
Do you believe this treaty promotes higher levels of democracy in Europe?How free is ‘free’?
(is not ashamed to admit he will be voting No)