"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."

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Shape Of Things To Come

In a few years time, when all Ireland's special agreed protocols* have been swept away, I hope they will remember this day.

The Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, has just delivered the statement confirming that the Irish people and the European Union have got the vote they wanted.  Congratulations.

*The legally binding "guarantees" state that the treaty will not affect key areas of Irish sovereignty, such as taxation, military neutrality and family matters such as abortion - but they haven't yet been attached.
UPDATE:  It's being reported that the 'Yes' vote was 67%


  1. I doubt they even bothered to count the ballot papers. Just decided what seemed a reasonable margin and "Glenrothed" away.

  2. Ah, but we'll never know OR. One thing the EU is good at is keeping secrets.

  3. Well well, looks like the maxim of the turkeys voting for xmas can be seen in real life terms after all. I'll bet in 5 years time you will struggle to find any Irishman on the street who will admit to voting for Lisbon after all their guarantees have been self amended away.

  4. A lot of willpower will be needed to resist the EU juggernaut. That and strong stomachs. And breaking away or revealing any miscarriages of justice could take decades. But where there is a will...

  5. For a few Euros more ... I hope it fucking chokes them.

  6. While depressed about the outcome, there's still hope - the Czechs and Poles have yet to ratify. Both are under pressure, but both have keen and recent memories of the totalitarian regimes they escaped from.

    The Germans have yet to ratify, but since Merkel was re-elected, she'll sign the blasted thing.

    Dan Hannan reckons the Conservatives are tight with their Polish and Czech counterparts, indicating that he might have some sway over their decision to ratify.

    Neverthless, Cameron's fence-sitting really puts me off and until he gives an iron-clad guarantee that regardless of the ratification status he'll give us a referendum, I'll not be voting Conservative.

  7. PS: How can we be sure that there was no vote rigging? The EU Commission isn't known for being particularly law-abiding or scrupulous!

  8. So, all those British and unionist soldiers, police and civilians died for nothing - not to say those blokes hanged after that post office job.

    Ye gods, I hate the political class...

  9. I'm mightily hacked off still. The Irish economy is shot to pieces though and underpinned by the ECB so they've taken the short-term solution. Tears before bedtime.

    As NNW says, all those years of bitterness only to be swallowed ls&b by the EU. It presents a future problem for Northern Ireland.


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