Friday, October 02, 2009
Will This Be a Sad Day for Democracy?
Today is an important day in the Republic of Ireland. It goes to the polls and votes (for the second time) on the Lisbon Treaty. I have no great hopes that the Irish will do the right thing and consign this treaty to the dustbin of history, where it belongs. They thought they had done that the first time. In this referendum campaign all the vested interests have been out there issuing dire warnings about the consequences of a 'no' vote, and it seems they will get their way. If so, it will be a sad day both for democracy and the cause of national sovereignty.