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LISBON DECLARATIONS ARE JUST GIFT
'The promised EU declaration on Ireland's
status in the Lisbon Treaty is merely a form of gift wrapping. 'Not a single
word of the actual Treaty will be changed when it is put to a new vote of the
Instead there will be a set of declarations
which do not have the same legal status as the treaty itself. All that has
happened is that the politicians who claimed that the EU could NOT work
with a commissioner for every country have now been
Contrary to their arguments then, the EU
functioned for another year without the Lisbon Treaty, even though we were told
that decision making in the EU would descend into chaos if that treaty was not
The declarations that the Irish political
establishment have achieved only exposes their spurious liberal pretensions.
During the last referendum, they implied that the Yes side was modern and
progressive. But they have rushed in to shore up the anti-abortion constituency
in Ireland in a desperate attempt to get the Yes vote through. These same
politicians would be better off legislating for the rights of Irish women who
are suicidal to have abortion in their own country as the people have
already voted for this.
No progress what so ever has been made on
workers rights. The devastating judgements of Laval and Viking remain in place
and workers rights remain subordinated to the so called right to the free
movement of capital.
The Lisbon Treaty was formulated in a
different era when de-regulation and worship of free markets was all the rage.
The Treaty outlaws restrictions on the movement of capital; it limits state
spending, it commits the ECB to a price stability policy rather than a full
For all those reasons it needs to be
resoundingly rejected again.