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Hooray for the Irish! by The Elephant's Child

Let’s hear a cheer for the Irish! We dance an Irish jig! We thunder on our bohdran! The Treaty of Lisbon, which we have written about before, is intended to be a new constitution for the European Union. The Constitution was turned down earlier by the French and the Dutch. Well! EU Bureaucrats were offended, and to prevent a replay of such rejection, the bureaucrats turned the constitution into a treaty, so that no one would have to bother their little heads about anything so unnecessary as an actual vote. Subject governments quickly approved the “treaty” except for the Irish where the people were guaranteed a vote, by law. Today the Irish rejected the treaty.

This is an American view of something that is admittedly, none of my business. But, to an American mind, giving up your national sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable bureaucracy should at least be put to a vote.

The French minister for European affairs told LCI television that “The most important thing is that the ratification process must continue in the other countries and then we shall see with the Irish what type of legal arrangement could be found”. So there. Andrew Duff, British MEP said ” I think the Irish prime minister, Brian Cowen, will have to explain himself at the summit.” The New York Times quotes French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner saying: “It would be very, very troubling that we would not be able to count on the Irish who counted a lot on Europe’s money.”

The striking economic growth of Ireland’s economy was due, not to EU subsidies, but to radical tax cuts and deregulation which have boosted the Irish to genuine prosperity. That the Irish might not want to subject their economy to the vast corrupt bureaucracy of the EU. seems more a matter of common sense than rebellion.

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Yes! Way to go, Ireland!

Comment by renaissanceguy

There was a comment on a blog that I read, that has stuck in my mind. The reader said that he had lived in Europe for a number of years, and he believed that European problems were due, not to the so-called death of God, but to the ennui created by a vast, smothering bureaucracy. From what I read, that seems to be the case.

The EU bureaucracy makes hundreds of nitpicking little rules and directives and regulations enforceable in the member countries. Farmers must write the name and address of the chicken on each egg. Dentists may not whiten teeth. And so on, and so on, and so on …

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