Even we, the English, can’t subdue them although we foolishly tried, so we have honourably let them go. They are our brothers and sisters, after all. (You could be, too: get rid of your political elites and we will interview you….)
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It would seem that the Irish are taking heart from the way the rest of Europe’s peoples and media (NOT the politicians of course) are siding with Ireland against “THE BULLIES”.
The second piece treats the whole schmozzle in a somewhat frivolous way. I liked it anyway!
IRISH INDEPENDENT 1.7.08
1. Cowen denies Sarkozy visit is ploy to win new Lisbon vote
THE Government last night insisted the forthcoming visit of French President Nicolas Sarkozy to Ireland was not aimed at increasing pressure for a second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.
Yesterday, it emerged that Mr Sarkozy’s visit will be marked by anti-treaty protests. ‘No’ to Lisbon campaigners accused the French premiere of attempting to “bully” the Government into re-running the referendum through his visit next month.
An umbrella group of anti-treaty campaigners and groups, including Socialist Party leader Joe Higgins, anti-war protester Richard Boyd Barrett and former Green MEP Patricia McKenna, has pledged to get up to 500 people on the streets to demonstrate against his “finger-wagging” visit to Ireland .
During a news conference in Dublin yesterday, People before Profit spokeswoman Ailbhe Smyth said it was outrageous that Mr Sarkozy was attempting to bully the people into accepting a treaty they had already rejected.
“To use the slogan from the women’s movement — ‘What part of ‘No’ do you not understand?’” she said.
Anti-war protester Richard Boyd Barrett, who narrowly missed out on a Dail seat last year in Dun Laoghaire, said the Sarkozy visit was part of a campaign to “lay the ground” for a second poll on Lisbon.
“A second vote is not a fait accompli,” he added.
A Government spokesman dismissed the claims that President Sarkozy’s visit was intended to increase the pressure for a second referendum.
“President Sarkozy is president of Europe (from today), and, as such, he is welcome to come to Ireland, just like any other head of state,” he said.
The spokesman said that Mr Cowen had made it clear that the Government would “take time” to review what had happened in the Lisbon referendum and would not be making any decision on a second referendum until a Department of Foreign Affairs research survey was completed. The results of that survey are not due until the autumn.
The 15 groups in the Campaign Against the EU Constitution — which range from the Communist Party to Sinn Fein — seized on the remarks of Mr Sarkozy’s official spokesman Axel Poniatowski, who has said there is no other choice for the Irish Government but to hold a second referendum.
Sinn Fein Cllr Daithi Doolan said: “We’re not going to be lectured or be finger-wagged by a political leader who is denying his own people a say.”
2. Life of Brian is one long dead parrot sketch
POST-REFERENDUM, we’re all living in a Monty Python world. On the ‘Yes’ side of the vote, there is Eamon Gilmore and Brian Cowen re-enacting the Dead Parrot sketch:
Eamon marches into the Taoiseach’s office, brandishing a copy of the Lisbon Treaty.
Brian: What’s wrong with it?
Eamon: I’ll tell you what’s wrong with it, my lad. It’s dead, that’s what’s wrong with it!
Brian: No, it’s, eh, resting.
Eamon: Look, matey, I know a dead treaty when I see one and I’m looking at one right now.
On the ‘No’ side, meanwhile, a gaggle of nay-sayers reminiscent of the People’s Front of Judea from Python’s ‘Life of Brian’.
This CAEUC (Campaign Against EU Constitution) could also be described as an umbrella group of politically diverse leftwing organisations, who have brokered a truce from their internecine warfare to jointly oppose a referendum re-run.
Or one could apply the alternate description offered by then-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, who hailed the alliance as “a whole lot of loo-lahs of every kind and shape”.
Certainly, every kind and shape of leftie was solemnly seated in the conference hall of trade union Unite’s city centre offices, yesterday morning, to announce a protest march on July 11 — when that arch-imperialist-federalist Nicolas Sarkozy is due to visit Dublin.
The gang was all there: the Communist & Workers Action Group, the Irish Republican Socialist Party, the People Before Profit Alliance, Sinn Fein, the People’s Movement, and, with more than a hint of the People’s Front of Judea/Judean People’s Front split, the Socialist Party, Socialist Workers’ Party and Worker’s Party. The 12 spokespeople present outnumbered the assembled media.
At one end of the table sat Patricia McKenna, representing the People’s Movement, trying to quieten her livewire twins. And at the other end was Richard Boyd-Barrett, wearing his Irish Anti-War movement hat, and distinct from the chapeaux of his many other interests — including the People Before Profit campaign, the Save our Seafront campaign to preserve Dun Laoghaire baths, the bin charges protest, and his leading role in the Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP).
This company of comrades would usually be knocking seven bells out of each other in various ideological turf wars.
But yesterday, all were agreed on one thing — the French President had no business swaggering into Ireland with his middle digit hoisted like a baguette at the Irish electorate — or hatching a cunning plan to overthrow democracy with the help of his capitalist running dog Brian Cowen.
Joe Higgins of the SWP muttered darkly about Sarko’s “Gaullist delusions” and Napoleonic intent.
“He and all the European leaders think they can bestride the world as a major economic and military power,” he warned.
“We’re supporting the protest because we’re not going to be lectured to or finger-wagged by a political leader,” declared Sinn Fein’s Daithi Doolan — who has obviously never had to endure one the finger-wagging lectures regularly given by his own party’s president, Gerry Adams.
Richard Boyd-Barrett, a sort of fresh-faced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of the Left, said Sarkozy “and the other Euro bullies” were “trying to soften the Irish public up into accepting a second vote”, with Brian Cowen’s complicity. Sections of the media were in on “the plot”, too, he said.
All the buzzwords got a trot — so to speak — around the room. Lisbon was about “casino capitalism”. It was the subversive work of “militarists, neo-liberals, federalists and bureaucrats”.
All terribly alarming. Surely, in the face of such a dire threat, the Irish proletariat is poised to take to the streets on July 11 in their thousands, pitchforks at the ready, joined at the barricades by farmers brandishing burning sheep . . .
“We’re expecting about 500 people,” reckoned Brendan Young of the campaign.
Sensing the audience was less than impressed, he snippily added: “There are significant organisations here who certainly represent more on the ground than Libertas did.“
Granted, Libertas is the sort of right-wing movement which makes Genghis Khan look like a bleeding-heart leftie, but surely they’re on the same side on this one. Could it be the one thing the People’s Front of Judea-like campaign hates more than the French president is the Popular Front of Libertas?
And who’s going to be the first comrade in this precarious coalition to break ranks and hurl the S-word?
Not Sarko of course. But that bigger insult: Splitter.