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President Blair


Ireland has voted YES and the Czech Republic and Poland will probably be bullied into ratifying the Lisbon Treaty before our election. Please let Tony Blair become president. Just as long as we aren't a member of the EU. Perhaps this event would galvanise the Tories to come off the fence and give us a vote on whether we want to be in or out of the EU.

Yes to Cameron?

It's all a matter of trust

Trust me I'm a politician! Trust me I'm a politician!
So following the 'Yes' result in the second Irish referendum it will be all eyes on David Cameron. This he might not like for a variety of reasons, not least because the Conservative Party Conference hoves into view; last week it was Nulabour who showed themselves to be dumpsters with their excuse for a conference. The Tories still have plenty of enemies in the media, despite the switch over of The Sun to their side, so it could be tricky. No doubt with this in mind Cameron has issued a statement.

Dirty tricks and sleaze


You have helped fund 1.1 million copies of an European Union booklet, distributed at a cost to the taxpayer of £139,000. It gives a summary of European Union's achievements before outlining how the Lisbon Treaty would help improve life in Ireland further.

Bruno Waterfield writes that:

Patricia McKenna, a former Green MEP and a leader of the People's Movement, which is opposed to the Lisbon Treaty, has attacked the latest Brussels intervention in Friday's referendum.

"The EU Commission, with the massive funds and resources available to it, courtesy of the taxpayer, can just throw money at influencing Irish opinion prior to the vote. We have to campaign on a shoestring," she said.

Mrs McKenna won a landmark legal challenge to the Irish Supreme Court 14 years ago, to prevent the "unconstitutional use of taxpayers' money for propaganda purposes in referendum campaigns".

"This is an unlawful use of European taxpayers' money, since the European Commission has no competence whatever in the ratification of treaties. It is gross interference," she said.

Then we have Europe for Ireland, which is offering free Ryanair flights to Dublin for Irish ex-pats, as long as they campaign for a Yes vote.

Good on you Declan Ganley

Libertas posterLibertas poster Declan Ganley writes an excellent article in the Irish Times. He says:

Sixteen months ago, Ireland was the most popular nation in Europe. As news of our No vote spread, we were cheered across the continent. Bouquets of flowers were handed in to startled receptionists in our embassies. Crowds waved “Thank you Ireland” placards. Europeans felt that we had cast proxy ballots for them. We had voted as they would have voted......

There’s the transfer of decision-making power to Brussels in more than 60 key areas of sovereignty. The creation of the unelected European president who will speak on behalf of us all as newly minted union citizens. There’s the establishment of a common foreign, security and defence policy, complete with embassies, diplomatic staff and an EU foreign and security minister.......

Then, there is a mechanism known as the “ passerelle ” or “passageway” that allows the EU to annex new areas of policy by a simple decision of the Council of Ministers, with no need to refer back to the national parliaments or get a treaty change – let alone call a new referendum. That’s why we christened it the “self-amending treaty”......

Ignore the people

..The Telegraph reports that a YouGov poll for the paper has found that 57 (now 70) percent of voters think a Conservative government should hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty even if it is already ratified when it is elected, 15 percent say they shouldn't, and 23 percent are not sure. When asked how they would vote in a referendum, 36 percent said they would vote No, 13 percent said they would vote Yes, and 51 percent said they didn't know.

When asked if it was a choice between accepting the Treaty as it is, or leaving the EU altogether, 26 percent said they would accept the Treaty, 43 percent said leave the EU, and 31 percent said they were not sure.

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