Saturday, June 21, 2008

Brian Cowen on the Lisbon Treaty referendum

Irish taoiseach Brian Cowen is living proof that politics is showbusiness for ugly people. That said, although he 'regrets' the outcome of the Irish referendum on the Lisbon treaty, he makes 'no apologies' for the result.

That is kind of him.

However, he states: 'The Irish people made a sovereign decision and it must be and is being respected.'

This is an interesting choice of tense. If something is presently being respected, there is an indication that it will not remain so. One would expect to see the future tense deployed, since the referendum result has a bearing upon the future condition of the country. But perhaps Brussels has already limited the time for this 'respect' to be manifest, for they have given Ireland four months to sort out the situation.

How very generous of them.


Anonymous william said...

"[T]hey have given Ireland four months to sort out the situation."

I must be missing something here. What is there about the present situation which Ireland needs to "sort out"? The Irish people have spoken (on behalf of who knows how many millions of their voiceless fellow EU citizens). The ball is now back in Brussels' court - it is for them to sort out a situation of their own making.

21 June 2008 at 12:04  
Anonymous oiznop said...

It is arrogant of the EU to give any time limit. Who is sovereign? Cowen should tell the EU that the Irish people have spoken, and give Brussels 4 months to sort it out.

21 June 2008 at 12:09  
Blogger SACKERSON said...

I think there is an instructive parallel to be drawn:

21 June 2008 at 16:11  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

I wouldn't want to mess with this man too much, he has the looks of someone who may have spell casting abilities buried deep in his genetic make up. Bosh! No, seriously.

21 June 2008 at 17:21  
Anonymous hear o isael said...

it does look as though weakness began to appear as soon as the result was annouced .

how ever on brighter note , president sakozy is blaiming peter mandelson , frowning street are resurrecting the brown mandelson hatred (which may by a red herring).

a few have spoken out so far , but the EU is just looking like a tier of governance that is not only surperflous but corrupt, gordon brown has agreed to wait , wait for what i ask , mr cowen looks just the sort of man to say "yes peter " to me , i suspect some investment will be formulated to appetise .

when i look back i never did notice the ball and chain slipping on my leg , as i enjoyed my continental delicatessn and cafe.

but it isnteresting to speculate how any such u trun without a further referendum could be done , they would depose him quickly i think if he did it

21 June 2008 at 17:25  
Blogger mongoose said...

It's always interesting to read what the spooks want us to think that they think. This is the latest from the CIA's World Factbook...

"The evolution of the European Union (EU) from a regional economic agreement among six neighboring states in 1951 to today's supranational organization of 27 countries across the European continent stands as an unprecedented phenomenon in the annals of history. [snip] ...for such a large number of nation-states to cede some of their sovereignty to an overarching entity is truly unique.

Although the EU is not a federation in the strict sense, it is far more than a free-trade association such as ASEAN, NAFTA, or Mercosur, and it has many of the attributes associated with independent nations: its own flag, anthem, founding date, and currency, as well as an incipient common foreign and security policy in its dealings with other nations.
In the future, many of these nation-like characteristics are likely to be expanded. Thus, inclusion of basic intelligence on the EU has been deemed appropriate as a new, separate entity in The World Factbook."

So that's alright then.

21 June 2008 at 19:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well the Irish knuckled under and accepted British direct rule after direct rule from Brussels should inspire Ourselves Alone and other such groups to re-form and blow up EU legations....or maybe they are now as docile and the obese and complacent English ?

21 June 2008 at 20:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lol...Cowen looks the ultimate thick mick, fully at home digging in the peat bog.

21 June 2008 at 21:43  

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