June 16, 2008


Now it’s clear: the EU is an alien imposition in Europe: They have been libelled as an uneducated ‘horde’, yet Irish voters’ rejection of the Lisbon Treaty is a brilliant blow against the EU oligarchy. (Frank Furedi, 6/15/08, spiked)

Oligarchs cannot stand public humiliation. So when, last Thursday, the Irish electorate pointed their fingers and shouted ‘The Emperor has no clothes!’, the political elites of the European Union pretended that it was not them who stood exposed, but the Irish people.

EU officials, politicians and their friends in the media all read from the same carefully rehearsed script following the Irish electorate’s rejection of the Lisbon Treaty. Adopting a kind of fantasy language, with all the hallmarks of classic Orwellian doublespeak, the EU and its representatives told the world that the ‘No’ vote did not really mean ‘No’, since Irish voters were thoroughly confused.

They argued that the vote lacked meaning or legitimacy because the campaign against the Lisbon Treaty – the name given to the rebranded EU Constitution – encompassed far too many different interest groups to be taken seriously. Apparently, a campaign that successfully brings together people from the far left to the Catholic right cannot be a genuine expression of popular will.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at June 16, 2008 7:53 AM

As I have noted once before, the officials and media are actually sort of right. I mean, we can assume that one half of the Irish voters were women. And when women SAY 'No', they actaully MEAN 'Yes'. They are just being women, if you will.

This IS what the Euro-elites and media et al ARE saying, n'est pas?

Posted by: Andrew X at June 16, 2008 11:03 AM