Good on you Declan Ganley

Libertas posterLibertas poster Declan Ganley writes an excellent article in the Irish Times. He says:

Sixteen months ago, Ireland was the most popular nation in Europe. As news of our No vote spread, we were cheered across the continent. Bouquets of flowers were handed in to startled receptionists in our embassies. Crowds waved “Thank you Ireland” placards. Europeans felt that we had cast proxy ballots for them. We had voted as they would have voted......

There’s the transfer of decision-making power to Brussels in more than 60 key areas of sovereignty. The creation of the unelected European president who will speak on behalf of us all as newly minted union citizens. There’s the establishment of a common foreign, security and defence policy, complete with embassies, diplomatic staff and an EU foreign and security minister.......

Then, there is a mechanism known as the “ passerelle ” or “passageway” that allows the EU to annex new areas of policy by a simple decision of the Council of Ministers, with no need to refer back to the national parliaments or get a treaty change – let alone call a new referendum. That’s why we christened it the “self-amending treaty”......

Brussels-based lobbyists, who are not required by law to register their interests, are firehosing money at the pro-treaty side; Irish MEPs and Eurocrats are campaigning frenziedly for the system that pays their salaries and expenses...

Are you ready to let down hundreds of millions of Europeans who would vote No if they had the chance? Do you want Ireland to roll over and reverse its democratic decision? We made our choice last year, we made the right choice and we made it on behalf of every European who believes in democracy and freedom...

Diplomatically but bizarrely and without saying how this can be possible, he also writes that he is a committed European who wants to see this union strengthen and succeed. Nonetheless he is fighting an excellent and vital campaign.

We can only hope that Ireland votes NO. If they vote YES we can only hope that brave Vaclav Klaus will refuse to sign the Lisbon treaty for the Czech Republic until there is a general election in the UK.