Today the Irish decide the future of Europe. As you read it, Ireland has in its hands the approval or not of the Lisbon Treaty, a document that aims to lay the foundations on very important issues related to foreign policy, defense and economics among other issues, issues that concern all Europeans.
Why do you have the future of Europe in your hands? Because in the Irish constitution it was established that issues like this were decided by Universal suffrage; So tomorrow, paint Guinness and vote, and it seems fine to me.
I have been living in Dublin for some time now, and I think I am getting to know the Irish a bit. A peculiar culture where they exist, they have a dramatic past worthy of a horror movie. Constantly invaded since time immemorial, the Celtic people had to give in to vikings and Normans to later spend centuries under the yoke of the British crown. And it looks like these Irish people have suffered hardships! So it is not surprising that after recovering the long-awaited freedom and independence (at half and at a very high price) any movement that involves the delivery of powers to any other state or body, look at Brussels, Europe or Pozal de Gallinas.
If we were living The Lord of the rings and our planet was the Middle Earth, for me the Irish would be the hobbits. A cheerful, friendly people, lover of their traditions, in love with beer, songs and melancholy, but also a strong and struggling people who do not bow their heads easily to anything or anyone.
Folded up on your beloved island, you will protect your neutrality, your political presence in Europe and your economic miracle as a big belly cat. As if that were not enough, they are still recovering from a huge love disappointment suffered with the President of the Republic until a few weeks ago, Bertie Ahern, who had to leave the government through the back door after mysterious income was made public in his private accounts that he did not know (or could not) justify. Now that the air has run a little, Bertie's good claims that those amounts were won through horse racing bets, and that is not believed by Tato.
Total, that if there was not enough with the doubts and the unknowns that enclose this Lisbon Treaty, the Irish are scalding and totally disillusioned with their politicians, so the support of the Yes by their top leaders does nothing but raise suspicion and distrust.
I do not choose either for its approval or for its cancellation, and I honestly do not do it for a single and very sad reason, the lack of information, and what is even more important, the lack of reliable information. Could you explain to me what are the benefits that the Lisbon Treaty will bring to the European on foot? Because if you know them, I ask you to please transmit them to me.
Anyway, that today the future of our old and dear Europe is decided, and with the risk of being wrong and from the greatest humility in the world, it gives me that it is going to be that NO.