The Lisbon Treaty and the massive contempt of the ruling class for the voters
We've heard a lot about respect in recent days over the Lisbon Treaty - which hopes to reform the EU and which was approved by parliament yesterday.
Gordon Brown said he respected the Irish people's decision to reject the treaty, which by all rights should leave it dead in the water. He added he had to respect the wishes of other countries that approved the treaty, and also respect the House of Commons, which also approved the treaty.
Here's an idea. How about some respect for the people of Britain?
This Government lied to us.
After being given a manifesto promise that we would be given a referendum on the treaty where are we now? Of course there's a simple reason why we haven't been consulted by politicians on this - there is not a snowball's chance in hell that they'd get the decision they want.
The trouble with democracy is that every peasant gets a say. Luckily, regarding the EU, the political elite in Westminster have found a way to avoid this piffling little problem. If you think the people don't want what they ought to, either a) don't ask them in the first place; or b) ask them and then ignore them.
I've heard so much talk recently from pro-Europeans about how the Irish didn't vote on the question put to them. Or how they didn't understand the issues involved. Or how the low turnout there means the result is irrelevant. Please. Don't treat them like idiots.
Every country in the EU has to approve this treaty for it to pass. So if the Irish rejected it, it should be obvious to anyone with a few firing brain cells that this is dead as a dodo. Unless of course, the politicians are planning some way to ignore the views of the people, just like they did the last time this treaty (under a slightly different name) was rejected.
When Gordon Brown says we need to respect the views of countries still to ratify the treaty, what he means is this: Let's wait until all the governments that ignore their people approve this treaty, then we can sort out the little problem of the one that respects its electorate enough to ask it.
The Stirrer wanted to know why five million Irish people got to decide the future of half a billion Europeans. The answer is simple. They were the only ones whose politicians respected them enough to ask.
The Government wants us to have a say in Europe. Well more than half of the people here know what they'd like to say to the Lisbon Treaty. Why won't Gordon Brown let us?
*EDIT* - Looks like Downing Street's own website (via Guido) gives some indication of how the public feel about this.