Brian Cowen on the Lisbon Treaty referendum
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.