(Hollow) Victory for Democracy

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

The Irish have rejected the EU not-a-constitution by 53.4% to 46.6%.

merkel.pngMost constituencies rejected the not-a-constitution but there were some very close calls – one constituency had a majority “No” vote of only 132.

This will be a blow to Federal Europe because now they have to throw sufficient cash and thinly veiled threats at the Irish so they’ll vote “Yes” in the next referendum and because they’re going to have to try and figure out a way of justifying ignoring the “No” votes of three of the most pro-EU states without coming across as illiberal, undemocratic facists.

├ťberpropagandameister Merkel (pictured right) will be working overtime to try and spin something positive out of the third rejection of the EU Constitution whilst the French Secretary of State for European Affairs simply stated that the Lisbon Treaty will “overcome” a No vote from Ireland.

Emperor Barrosso says that member states should continue to ratify the EU not-a-constitution regardless of the fact that Ireland’s “No” vote is supposed to mean that it’s dead in the water whilst other eurofederalists are running round like headless chickens trying to think of ways they can implement it without Ireland’s consent or make it more palatable to the Irish for another referendum.

The old EU constitution has been rejected twice and the new EU constitution has been rejected once. The French and Dutch didn’t reject the way in which the contents of the EU constitution would be brought in, they rejected its contents. The Irish, too, have rejected the contents of the EU constitution in its new “not a constitution because it’s got a different name and delivers its payload different way” guise. The only real difference between the EU Constitution and the Lisbon Treaty is the way in which it delivers its payload – the EU Constitution would have replaced existing treaties with one new one and the Lisbon Treaty does exactly the same things the EU Constitution would have done but by amending existing treaties instead of replacing them. The payload is the same, the method of delivery is different.

It is wrong – very wrong – for Federal Europe to continue to press for the EU not-a-constitution to be ratified and it is equally wrong for the British government to claim that a referendum is no longer needed here because they’ve changed the way the EU constitution implements the changes contained within it.

The Irish Times has had excellent coverage of the proceedings all day, well worth a read.

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  1. Axel (1214 comments) says:

    huzzah for the micks!


  2. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    I’m amazed that the Irish Times published my comment, the BBC definitely wouldn’t have …

    Do you think the No vote significantly damages Ireland’s standing within the EU?
    No, this is an excellent move for Ireland. Thank you to the Irish people for rejecting this illiberal, anti-democratic EU Constitution. Already the eurofederalists are talking about how they can get round the Irish “no” vote or convince you to vote “yes” at another referendum. Three times the contents of the Constitution (in two different forms) have been rejected by a democratic vote and three times they are refusing to accept the will of the people. The sooner the EU disintegrates the better. Don’t be fooled by the eurofederalist myth that the EU is responsible for peace in Europe – there has been genocide and revolution in Europe in the 30 years I’ve been alive and Germany already rules more of Europe through ├ťberpropagandameister Merkel than it did during the second world war! We will all – with the exception of the eurocrats – be better off without the EU. Long live freedom and independence in these isles.
    wonkotsane United Kingdom

  3. Charlie Marks (365 comments) says:

    Let’s hope this marks the end of the affair between Ireland and the EU. Oh, and if you’re looking for a photo of Angela Merkel that makes her look like a Nazi, try this real one:

  4. Axel (1214 comments) says:

    not nice

    not nice at all

    i still think Wendy forsyth is the top babe

  5. Stevey (2 comments) says:

    You will never see a more accurate and representitive picture as this…..

    Broon and McLabours SOLE purpose……


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