"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Friday, 28 August 2009

The Irish Are Popular

Here's another petition on the Lisbon Treaty - this one is from the Netherlands to the Irish voters though people from all over the world are signing:

Dear Irish Voters

You are the only people in Europe who have a chance to vote in a referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon, the new version of the European 'constitution'.

In the Netherlands we were allowed to give our opinion in 2005 in a referendum on the first version of the constitution. A great majority of Dutch voters said no.

We have not had any opportunity to give our opinion of this modified version of the constitution, the Treaty of Lisbon. So we were very glad that Irish voters rejected the treaty in a referendum last year.

Thanks to pressure from Europe's leaders, you are now being forced to go back to the voting booth to once more give your opinion of this same treaty. We hope that you won't let yourselves be intimidated by the pressure that's being put on you from the rest of Europe, that you won't be fooled by the false promises that are being made to you, and that you'll be as resolute this year as you were last year in voting against this undemocratic, militaristic, neoliberal Europe.

Like the Irish, the great majority of Europeans do not support this Europe. The recent elections for the European Parliament, in which only 36% of those eligible cast a vote, was a fresh demonstration of this fact.

But only you Irish voters have a chance - speaking not only in your own name but also in the name of other Europeans - to reject the Lisbon Treaty, thus opening the way to a different, democratic, anti-militaristic, social and ecological Europe.

We're counting on you. And you can count on our solidarity.

Comité Ander Europa
Comite Ander Europa


  1. I just hope they take heed, GV.

  2. To paraphrase someone a bit better known than myself:

    Never will so much be owed by so many to so few.

  3. A sizeable proportion of 'Europeans' are chewing their fingernails to the quick over this 2nd Irish referendum. If I'd voted yes in the first ref I'd be seriously considering all the options and digging deeper into the EU since being told to vote again because of the no result 1st time round. Sorry, does that make sense? My neural pathways aren't connecting any more.


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