May 31, 2005

European Constitutional Treaty referendums

Knickers all in twists now that France said non and the Dutch are expected to do the same. But you have to ask: what were they [the referendum promoters] thinking? Everybody knows the Irish and the Danes always say no to everything, and now that a few others have done the same, all hell breaks loose. Did you expect any other outcome?
So you got to ask: who benefits by a "no" vote?
There are the usual suspects: French nationalists mourning the passing of La Grande Patrie and French commies thinking they can stave off economic realities and cheap t-shirts (now there's a horrifying picture of bedfellows), Catholics berating there's no mention of their spook in the treaty and peasants fearing they will lose their subsidy lollies.

The point is that a constitutional treaty like the one on offer - and it's wrong to call it a constitution - should be drawn up and voted on by the European parliament, like any well-functioning democracy would. And please none of that nonsense that it's all an Anglo-saxon plot to do down workers/farmers or a Gallic plot to do down free enterprise.
How about a better constitution? Let's start:
"We, the people of Europe, regard it as our inalienable right to live, work and play in any part of Europe without being a burden on the local population and we respect all human rights laws, including freedom from religion."

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