Rejection of Lisbon means Ireland will ‘sink without a trace’
And by Ireland, Cranmer means the Roman Catholic Republic: presumably Protestant Northern Ireland will stay afloat in this diluvian apocalypse prophesied by Irish MEPs in the event that their country rejects the Lisbon Treaty a second time.
Yes, a tsunami of euroscepticism will cause the Emerald Isle to descend to Atlantis. And this would need to be quite a descent, for the highest peak, Corrán Tuathail in County Kerry, is 3,414 ft, while at its greatest depth, the Irish sea is just 576ft. So, in fact, according to these MEPs, Ireland would sink more than half-a-mile beneath the earth’s crust in the wake of a ‘No’ vote to Lisbon.
And so, they assert, saying ‘No’ a second time is ‘not an option'. "Neither Ireland nor Europe can afford the political turmoil that rejection of the Lisbon treaty would lead to," said Socialist MEP Proinsias De Rossa.
What kind of democracy is this?
What kind of prophecy?
What kind of delusion?
What kind of threat?
"A 'Yes' vote is critical because we urgently need Europe to end the last decade of navel gazing and get stuck in to tackling the jobs and financial crisis, the climate change and global poverty and homeless crisis."
Considering Ireland only rejected the Treaty last year, it is evident that nine years of this ‘navel-gazing’ decade cannot be blamed on the Irish. And what in any case is the record of the EU in the creation of jobs, resolving the financial crisis, building homes, ending poverty or reversing climate change?
In the 60 years of its ever-evolving existence, the ECSC/EEC/EC/EU has achieved nothing which could not have been more efficiently achieved and more effectively implemented by independent and sovereign nation states cooperating for their mutual benefit. Yet under the constant threat of World War III and, more recently, the perpetually-induced fear of terrorism and global warming, the liberties of the peoples and the foundations of democracy have been systematically eradicated.
If you want a vote in the EU grand plan, you may only vote ‘Yes’. There is only one political philosophy and one political objective, and to dissent from this makes one a xenophobic, insular, anti-European little-Englander.
Another Irish MEP, Marian Harkin, has demanded that the Roman Catholic Church intervene to stop the anti-Lisbon scaremongering. She said that without Lisbon and with a Conservative government likely to be elected in the UK general election, Ireland will become an "island behind and island off the coast of Europe".
Cranmer hates to the bearer of bad news, but that is precisely what Ireland is. No political delusion of grandeur can mask this geographic reality. Ireland is just an island behind an island off the north-west coast of Europe.
And it is strange that the Conservative Party should be blamed for this.
Cranmer has always believed it necessary to accept the harsh realities before any kind of progress can be made. Sometimes the truth hurts, especially when one is told that one is small, insignificant, inadequate, third rate, tin-pot, deficient, backward, retarded...
Not that Cranmer is saying that Ireland is any of these. No, it is simply that it seems to have a slight inferiority complex if it cannot accept that it is, undeniably, an island behind and island off the coast of Europe.
Mr De Rossa has also criticised the UKIP leader Nigel Farage for insisting that Ireland should vote 'No' to ‘bring this bulldozer to a juddering halt’. This will not, he insists, benefit Ireland at all.
This is called political campaigning, Mr De Rossa. You may not like it, but Mr Farage’s message is his opinion, and he is as entitled to it as you are to yours. And you yourself have not made it clear precisely how voting ‘Yes’ will benefit Ireland at all.
Marian Harkin was asked how fellow MEPs would react if Irish citizens reject the treaty for a second time on 2 October. She said responses ranged from disbelief to ‘at best incomprehension, at worst downright hostility’.
Political hostility to the democratically-expressed will of the people?
EPP member Seán Kelly said if the treaty was ‘scuttled’, Ireland would inevitably lose its status in the EU and would be left ‘punching well below (its) weight’. He said: "From a population point of view, there are 500 million people in the EU, we have four million. If 496 ratify it and four stop it completely then obviously you're going to lose influence and friends and status."
But 496 million people have not ratified it: their governments have done so on their behalf, frequently against popular opinion.
Marian Harkin has previously said: “The question here is not about a ‘YES’ or ‘NO’ to Lisbon – we are all entitled to our different perspectives – the question is about deliberately targeting people in vulnerable situations and printing misleading information.”
And telling people that Ireland will sink without a trace if the people vote 'No' is in no sense remotely misleading, is it?