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Latest 30.06.2009
McCreevy Gives the Game Away

Charlie McCreevy has announced that he will be retiring from politics when his term as EU Commissioner ends this October. Maybe that is why he has become so disarmingly honest.

In a recent address to the Institute of Chartered Accountants, McCreevy revealed that the EU Commissioners knew that if the people of Europe had been allowed to vote on the Lisbon Treaty they would have voted No.

He acknowledged that the Brussels bureaucracy were furious with the Irish people for voting NO.

'When Irish people rejected the Lisbon Treaty a year ago, the initial reaction ranged from shock to horror to temper to vexation. That would be the view of a lot of the people who live in the Brussels beltway.' McCreevy said.

But, he added, that after this fury subsided a more 'realistic' approach developed among the EU elite because they knew that if their own countries had a right to vote, they too would have rejected it.

'On the other hand, I think all of the politicians of Europe would have known quite well that if a similar question had been put to their electorate in a referendum the answer in 95 per cent of countries would have been 'No' as well," Mr McCreevy told a meeting of accountants in Dublin.

McCreevy's admission undermines a fundamental plank of the Yes camp. They have pretended that the reason why people in other EU countries are not allowed to vote is because of their national traditions of representative democracy. The German hostility to referenda is frequently cited and explained by the fact that Hitler used this mechanism to consolidate his power. this is a spurious reason because it fails to explain the co-incidence of how EVERY other country bar Ireland was denied a vote.

(Ireland only got a vote on Lisbon because its political elite could not wriggle out of a constitutional requirement to have a vote).

Now McCreevy has given the game away: The EU elite knew that 95 percent of their countries would vote NO, so they denied them a vote. Now they are forcing the only country who exercised their right to vote No, to vote again.

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