Despite the picture, I’m voting no to the Lisbon treaty. for pretty much the reasons outlined here and here. All politics is local and for FF and FG politicians to bully us into thinking that ‘we’ll be the laughing stock of Europe’ if we reject it is so disingenuous as to be plainly patronising. This is not the Eurovision folks, it is a treaty governing the way 27 states are governed. To reject the treaty is not a betrayal of European values or even a rejection of the parts of the text that we can agree with (the Charter of Fundamental Rights, for example). And this is less about all or nothing and more about a re-negotiation of the parts we don’t like. It is a chance to re-orient the EU to be a union of workers and families and communities and local structures and participation at appropriate levels and safety and good health and a clean environment.
Simply stating that the Treaty is good for Ireland and good for Europe is not good enough. This utterance and style of debate takes power away from me and you both, it reduces the power of the vote that my family fought and died for in 1920. I like to vote positively for things that I can understand and that make sense to me on a human level. Here I am trying to make my own life simpler. Why would I vote for something that makes it more complex? To me, it is that direct a connection.