Friday, June 06, 2008

Interesting (Irish) Times

The results of the TNS Irish Times Poll in this mornings paper has put the cat amongst the pigeons. Giving the Irish No ccampaigners 35% to the Yes side's 30% the poll has caused panic.

It is before 9am here in Brussels and the phones are ringing off the hook. Group and party leaders are in a measure of panic that surprises me as there is the inevitable plan B (for Bollocks).

The Ind/Dem Group has already requested that a debate be held in the European parliament in the week following the Irish result, a request that has hitherto been ignored by the great and the good in the Parliament.

Of course we must remember that the European parliament voted a couple of months ago to ignore the results ofthe Irish referendum. Well we shall see. Put it this way, if there is a no vote, and the Parliament refuses us a debate, then I predict certain disciplinary problems in the chamber.

After all the authorities got upset when a handful of MEPs called for referenda during the signing ceremony for the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

When we held our 'Too chicken to hold a Referendum' protest, people mocked us. This morning all I can see is a headless chicken protest.

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