Sunday, August 23, 2009
Ireland's NO Vote Can Take To The Field With Confidence
Czech and German anti-EU political forces are both continuing to drop grains of sand into the Lisbon machinery. Meanwhile Ireland is being fattened up for its Lisbon YES vote with millions being spent by big business and other parties to con the Irish into throwing away their democratic independence. The NO campaign is also out in strength telling farmers that EU Inheritance Tax proposals ensure the end of private farming in Ireland within a generation.
There is now a Europe-wide war emerging from the shadows, between the programme of bureaucratic totalitarianism - the EU - and the determination of ordinary people to retain their right to make or influence decisions which affect their lives. It's taking place in near silence as media whip up scares to distract those intended for enslavement from doing anything to stop the doors of their imprisonment from banging shut.
The Irish should take heart from the rsistance battles happening in Germany and The Czech Republic.
In the Czech Republic, Prague Monitor reports that Czech Minister for European Affairs Stefan Fuele is concerned about a group of ODS party Senators' intention to file a complaint with the Constitutional Court against amendments to a Czech law connected with the Lisbon Treaty. The 'special mandate' prevents the Czech government from approving transfer of powers to the EU without the parliament's agreement but the Senators say the law's provisions are not sufficient. Fuele has expressed his fear that the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty would be further delayed by the move Open Europe.
In Germany FAZ reports that the Bavarian CSU party is still pushing for stronger parliamentary rights in EU decision making, despite an agreement reached between partners of the governing 'grand coalition' this week. The CSU is especially keen to enforce two specific points: firstly, the CSU is demanding a resolution which would mean that the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty is only valid in the framework of judgments made by the German Constitutional Court. Secondly, they are insisting that the Bundestag and Bundesrat should be able to file a complaint to the Constitutional Court, based on a two-thirds majority vote, in cases where they consider the EU to have exceeded its competences.
When Ireland rejected the Lisbon Treaty the first time, the Irish were the only voice permitted to be heard in the sole referendum across the continent (ignoring the earlier French and Dutch rejections of the contitution). Now there are whispers and manoeuvres breaking out in several countries including Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. The British Conservatives are poised to win power declaring a determination to renegotiate or hold a referendum if Ireland others can hold up Lisbon long enough.
Irishmen and women wanting to be free are no longer fighting a lone battle. Their eyes may not be smiling as yet, but they should certainly take strength and fight Lisbon for the second time in less than a year, with a spring in their step, given all the others who are lining up to halt the Treaty across the continent, if only they can.