Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Mouse That Roared

No, I'm not talking about a funny movie starring Peter Sellers, but rather of the rejection of the EU "Lisbon Treaty" by voters in Ireland. My guess is that if the various elites in Europe are going to get their way on imposing an EU constitution, they're going to do so by taking those pesky, inconvenient voters out of the equation. Although the usual knee-jerk impulse is to reduce the Irish voters' "no" vote to a matter of provincialism (with the usual implication that the Irish are culturally "backward"), perhaps there is something else going on:
Perhaps seeing early weakness in the yes vote, Cowen lashed out at opposition parties for not working hard enough on behalf of the treaty. In the end, he made a personal appeal to voters to trust him, and by extension the political, business and media elite, about a treaty that few claimed even to have read, much less to have understood.
My emphasis added. I don't know about you, but I for one do not trust folks who themselves are unclear about what's in treaties that they are advocating.

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