Over the next few months I will be posting occasional exclusive articles from John McGuirk, who is part of Libertas, the group campaigning against the EU Reform Treaty. There will be a referendum on it in May or June this year. He's just sent me this initial despatch.
Over here in Ireland, - where we’re constitutionally bound to have a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, things are hotting up. Although the referendum is not expected until May 19th, - Europe Day, the Government has already begun a massive PR effort to lift the “Yes” vote out of the doldrums and solidify support for the Treaty.
Their most recent stunt involves launching – in a blaze of publicity – a website funded by the Taxpayer that is touted as providing impartial information on the Lisbon Treaty, and simplifying the issues – making it “accessible” and “understandable”.
In reality, the website, www.reformtreaty.ie, is in effect a political platform for the pro-treaty side, - it even has Press Releases on the front page attacking Libertas! Our Press is being filled on a daily basis with reports of comments made by various eastern European leaders who are urging for a yes vote, and saying that an Irish rejection will be a “death-blow to Europe”, and our Foreign Minister is telling anybody who will listen that the “No” campaign is backed by Jean Marie Le Pen, - this of course is a total invention designed to make people equate opposition to the Treaty with racism and Fascism.
The entire “Yes” campaign thus far seems to be centred on one single narrative: “We have to vote yes to this treaty, because if we don’t we’ll be holding back the rest of Europe, who are watching us and praying for a “yes” vote. This campaign should be very closely watched by those of you in the UK who are concerned at the approach of the European Union, and the Pro-EU movement, to democracy. To find out more about our campaign, and our activities, visit us at www.libertas.org.