I don’t care how people vote on the Lisbon Treaty as long as they do it in a responsible way, in accordance with their convictions, after thinking it through.
This does not include voting NO to teach the government a lesson, even though I agree this government are a crowd of worthless cock-knockers who should be shot with shit so they’ll be dead and dirty.
This crowd of useless, grasping cretins mismanaged the economy to the state it’s in now, but voting NO in Lisbon is not the way to hurt them.
It makes no sense to do a thing like that.
In my view, voting against the Treaty in order to hurt the government is the political equivalent of taking an overdose. They’ll all be sorry when I’m dead.
No they won’t.
Fianna Fáil will still be here, sucking and leeching and draining the country of the last vestiges of decency and morality that might survive in public life. They won’t give a flying fuck about you or me, as long as their own palms remain greased at our expense.
And what would a rejection of Lisbon achieve?
Well, it would isolate us somewhat from the EU mainstream, resulting in less scrutiny of our corrupt body politic, less interference from people in mature democracies horrified by the cowboy nature of public policy in Ireland.
But even if it didn’t mean those things, the vote on Lisbon has nothing whatever to do with the dismal state of our governing party and everything to do with how Ireland sees its future within the EU.
My view hasn’t changed since the last time. I’ll be voting yes because
– I believe we need the proposed charter of fundamental rights
– I believe national parliaments should have a greater say in the creation of European law
– I believe the balance needs to be adjusted between the unelected Commission and the European Parliament
– I think legislating for social protection is a good thing
– I consider it sensible to address the threat of climate change
– I believe the EU should have a role in solving conflicts, just as it failed dismally to do in Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and
– I think the EU should have a more distinct role in international matters.
And yes, we’ll have a smaller influence in the European Union because – guess what? – we’re very fucking small. Considering the influence we’ve exerted in recent times, maybe it would be no bad thing to have less Irish input to Brussels until we show we can behave like adults. As matters stand, we haven’t even managed to get rid of the people who caused most of our problems.
The Commissioner issue is bullshit, and speaks of a very Irish inclination towards cronyism and back-door strokes. There’s no such thing as our Commissioner.
As for neutrality, this is also bullshit. The treaty has nothing to do with Ireland’s neutrality, but even if it did, our neutrality is not of a principled nature. It stems from our holier-than-thou hubris, as if we hadn’t lost all moral authority by our greed and our cowardice. We’ll be more than happy to accept the protection of our European neighbours as long as we don’t have to contribute anything ourselves, because we’re neutral.
In just the same way, we don’t have abortion in Ireland, due to our high ideals: instead, we export the issue to England so our consciences remain clear. The ultra-right nutcases in Youth Defence and Cóir are untroubled by the truth and continue to push the lie that the Treaty will permit abortion in Ireland, but again, even if it did, so fucking what? We already have abortion in Ireland. It’s just that we achieve it by slipping next door.
Conversely, we refuse to build nuclear power stations, the only viable form of power generation, but have no objection to importing nuclear-produced electricity from Britain so that we don’t have to stoop to generating nuclear power ourselves. Lofty moral principles.
What a fucking principled crowd we are.
I’ll tell you this though. A vote on the Treaty can be used to hurt somebody.
By voting YES, I hope to hurt Youth Defence / Cóir, Sinn Féin and the United Kingdom Independence Party, all of whom are trying to frighten me into voting against.
Here’s the thing, you see: anything that crowd are against, I’m for.