EU to Ireland: ‘Let your “Yes” be “Yes”, and your “No”, err, “Yes”’
And so God appoints some for eternal glory, and some for wrath and damnation.
And despite Ireland’s attempts to rough-hew the Treaty of Lisbon – that is, to express a will or make a choice on the matter – the EU has chosen it for euro-glory (or wrath and damnation, depending on one’s perspective). The intersection of national free will with the EU’s notion of fate must necessarily subsume that free will to a notion of divinity. The EU is behaving as though it were the Word in the Gospel of St John: all things are made by it, and without it is not anything made which is made.
Incredibly, though unsurprisingly, the Treaty of Lisbon continues its process of ratification throughout the erstwhile national governments of EU member states. Even Gordon Brown is continuing with the façade, despite the EU’s own rules declaring the Treaty null and void. The twelve stars are stamped upon the Republic of Ireland as indelibly as the Mark of the Beast, and without it they shall neither but nor sell.
Nothing, and certainly not something as insignificant as the express will of the people, can halt the process. It is foreordained, prophesied, set down in tablets of stone. It is as immovable as the chief cornerstone; as immutable as the words of God; as infallible as any ex cathedra pronouncement on matters of faith or morality.
The Treaty of Lisbon is revealed truth: it is definitive and binding. And in its declaration and promulgation, the European Commission is preserved from even the possibility of error as it decrees and defines. And there is even an accompanying anathema, now specifically directed at Ireland for its deliberate dissention.
No other interpretation may be placed upon the assertion of Margot Wallström that it was now for the EU’s political élite ‘to work out what the Irish people had really been voting against’.
In the words of Daniel Hannan MEP:
‘Let me help you there, Margot. My guess is that they were voting against the Lisbon Treaty. The giveaway was the ballot paper, which asked whether people agreed to amend the Irish constitution so as to, you know, approve the Lisbon Treaty…
‘But how much longer can Euro-Commissioners keep pretending that people have misunderstood the question? When the French voted “No”, it was argued that they were really voting against Chirac. When the Dutch voted “No”, it was claimed that they were really voting against Turkish accession. Do try and get it through your skulls, chaps, that people are voting against the proposition actually before them. They’ve had enough of “ever-closer union”. They’ve had enough of directives and regulations. They’ve had enough of being pushed around.
‘And – I’m sorry to have to say this, Margot – they’ve had enough of you. They’ve had enough of the EU’s politburo, with its lies and its arrogance, its corrupt expenses system, its disdain for democracy, its contempt for its own rules.’
Or is Ms Wallström suggesting that the Irish are thick?