May 30, 2008

AN ANGLOSPHERIC ISLAND? THEY'LL VOTE "NO":

Is Ireland on Brink of Rejecting EU Treaty? (Siobhán Dowling, 5/30/08, Der Spiegel)

When their entry Dustin the Turkey crashed out of the semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest last week, some in Ireland could have been forgiven for thinking it was final proof that their country was losing influence in Europe.

Opposition leader Enda Kenny looked on the bright side, saying Dustin may have been "gobbled up" by the opposition but Ireland just needed to vote 'Yes' to the Lisbon Treaty to ensure it had a presence at the heart of Europe. The question now is whether Irish voters are quite so enthusiastic for Europe or are on the verge of giving the EU Reform Treaty nul points in two weeks time.

The future of the European Union now hangs on how the voters in this small country on the far western edge of Europe vote on June 12.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 30, 2008 3:28 PM
Comments

Just imagine, the Irish getting some darn fool idea into their thick heads and digging in with their heels...?

Impobable!

Posted by: Benny at May 30, 2008 3:46 PM

I mean, half my relatives are irish and I have never ever seen them respond with anything but mildness to someone condescending to them...

Lord, I'm half-harp myself and I have never done anything out of pure cussedness... never!

Posted by: Benny at May 30, 2008 3:55 PM

A stubborn Irishman? That's unpossible! Look at their history - they love having foreigners lord over them. Love it, they do!

Posted by: Mikey at May 30, 2008 6:23 PM

And that legendary "Irish temper" is pure codswallop, laddie--and I'll take me shillelagh and beat the @#$% out of any @#$%^&* who says otherwise!

Posted by: Mike Morley at May 30, 2008 6:42 PM
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