Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Another Time, Another Place

Today's Paddywhackery of the Day award goes to Gearóid Ó Dubháin of Cork who writes in the Irish Independent: "he [some German letter writer previously] overstates the case that Ireland is one of the EU countries that has benefited most from EU membership. The genesis of the present EU was in the ruins of a Europe devastated by Germany's second war of aggression in the 20th century. Arguably, it is Germany which has benefited most from the EEC/EU" Ouch!

Honourable mentions for Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin of Co na Gaillimhe and Macdara Ó Cuaig, also of Co na Gaillimhe, who writes in the Irish Times "A chara, - Is it not interesting that the treaty "designed to make the EU more democratic" has been rejected by the only member-state that provided its citizens with a democratic voice. And the result? 'Crisis.'"

Well, Macdara, one could argue that a referendum in which less than 50% of the eligible voters cast a vote is not much of an exercise in democracy. And, furthermore, every country in Europe provided their citizens with a democratic voice - they were given the chance to elect governments to make decisions with their national interests at heart.

If the citizens of those countries don't like the decisions made they can turf those governments out of power at the next election. THAT is democracy, not the bullshit exercises in populism that referendums are.
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