St Anthony - the patron saint of things lost
A happy coincidence and just deserts (sic)!
Friday, June 13, the Feast of Saint Anthony, Patron Saint of Lisbon!
Despite his Italian reputation, Anthony was in fact very Portuguese and is the patron saint of Portugal's capital city. Anthony also doubles as patron saint of things lost!
Lisbon, no longer the treaty city, its reputation restored, a wonderful capital perched on its seven hills along the banks of the Tagus, a city with 2,000 years of history and the odd non- treaty-related earthquake.
Why take so much delight in a failed referendum?
Because the democracy-loving Irish Government has consistently refused to give the vote to Irish citizens living in Lisbon, in Portugal and throughout the European Union.
Ireland, the only country in Europe who disenfranchises its own citizens, the very citizens daily and directly concerned by the European Union.
Maybe they might give us the vote the next time ?
CIARÁN MAC GUILL
Notwithstanding the intervention of St Anthony, here is a chilling assessment from New Europe:
‘The EU has now accumulated significant (bad) experiences with referenda. It was very delicately yet effectively communicated by the Romanian social-democrat MEPs: “The referendum in Ireland has demonstrated that direct democracy (by way of referendum) cannot ensure the progress of the European process. The security, liberty and prosperity of hundreds of millions of European citizens ask for complex leadership actions, which cannot be appreciated by heterogeneous populations, from the point of view of the information level and the education one. European integration is a process that must be conducted politically by the elected representatives of the European citizens.”’
So there you have it. It is not only the Irish who are thick; all citizens of the EU are so utterly dense that they ‘cannot appreciate’ the ‘complexity’ of the ‘European process’, such that it must henceforth be ‘conducted politically’ only by those who do.
“It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once” (David Hume 1752).