Monday, May 5, 2008

Ahern - "no dire consequence" from No to Lisbon

Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern has now given conflicting claims from his boss on the consequences of a no vote to the Lisbon Treaty. According to the Irish Times, he has said "There would be no dire consequence should the referendum go amiss, Ahern insisted, life will go on as it did after the French and Dutch rejected the European constitutional treaty in 2005.". This contrasts sharply with the increasingly hysterical rants of the yes campaign and the Taoiseach himself. For example:

"Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has told an audience in the United States that it would be an "act of lunacy" for Ireland to reject the Lisbon Treaty.Mr Ahern was speaking at Harvard University in Boston last night, where he said Ireland must choose whether to "whistle in the dark or be at the centre of things".His speech focused on the Lisbon Treaty and he appealed to the Irish people not to reject the treaty when they go to the polls next month."

Irish Examiner, May 5th 2008


"A NO vote in the upcoming referendum on the Lisbon Treaty would be a "disaster for the country", the Taoiseach said yesterday.
Bertie Ahern gave a stark warning yesterday against complacency among voters and politicians, and spelled out the difficulties the Yes side will face if there is a low turnout on June 12th. He said it would have "repercussions that would do immense damage to Ireland."

Irish Times, April 28th 2008

"The Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, has told an audience in the United States that it would be an "act of lunacy" for Ireland to reject the Lisbon Treaty.
Mr Ahern was speaking at Harvard University in Boston last night, where he said Ireland must choose whether to whistle in the dark or be at the centre of things.
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Belfast Telegraph, May 5th 2008

While it is welcome for at least some on the "Yes" campaign to admit the reality that a no vote will not bring the skies falling down on top of us or the end of the world, it is difficult to escape the conclusion that this admission comes against the background of an abject failure by Bertie and the other yes outfits FG, Labour, PDs and the EU's other hangers-on in the media to convince the electorate that the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse will really descend on us when we reject this illegitimate, anti-democratic, federalist and centralising treaty. As such, it can be judged as an implicit admission that the yes side is losing ground - though no doubt they will continue to deny this in public. All of a sudden it is looking better and better for the "no" camp. The Irish people, having long fought hard for our hardwon independence, will not so easily sell it out so that our political-elites can hop aboard the Brussels' gravy-train. We want to be in Europe, but not a province of Europe.

2 comments:

TXturnstile said...

Hmm, so is this really just a case that the Yes campaign is moving away from the "dire consequences" argument?

If Libertas moves from farmer-scaring, then we might actually have proper debate on this subject.

kerdasi amaq said...

I think I prefer whistling in the dark.