Thursday, January 08, 2009

Lesson for Ireland: How a No becomes a Yes

It was a cold night at the European Parliament. In the dark some shadowy figures were hard at work. Passers by looked and hurried on, their faces wrapped in scarves as they fought to keep out the cold. But on the shadowy figures worked.

At last they stopped, and one of their number entered the Parliament with a camera. What dastardly deed had been commissioned? Quickly he worked, for by this time a posse of Security men had fanned out to find him. Dashing hither and thither around the Parliament they searched. But not in time. As the perpetrator sashayed out of the building one rather short and rotund uniformed flunky called him over.

"What is your name?"
"Good evening"
"What is you name?"
"And a happy New Year"
"Show me your ID!"
"OK, if you must"

His name now entered into the Parliamentary book of shame he was let out. Beer beckoned.
By the next morning a mysterious change had occured to the sacred text. The NO had been altered to a YES by some sleight of hand. Could this a preperation for the Irish? Is this the way it will be done? Underhand, in the glowing dawn?

OK, well it was silly in the first place, but the attempt to change it just makes it better.





14 comments:

Anonymous said...

What does "NOTO" mean? Is it a Portuguese word?

Gawain Towler said...

I think it is Q Celtic for 'piss off'

Alfred the Ordinary said...

Great. Your post encapsulates so much.

Anonymous said...

Pity they didn't film it being done and speeded it up.

Anonymous said...

It was a good idea but they just didn't plan it very well. Amateurs.

Trixy said...

Dissent is not tolerated in the European Parliament. Or outside it, clearly.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a deep statement in so few words.

JoshONyons said...

Devious swines

Anonymous said...

I love how the YES is ten times smaller that the NO, and how the NO still shines through after the pro-Lisbon jackboots tried to scuff it out....

Anonymous said...

Anon 4:33,

I love that too. It's so lovely. Have you measured it so see how big the difference is? Next week why don't both of us get a life.

Gawain Towler said...

You don't want a life, complicated messy things lives.

Anonymous said...

One photographer caught and black-booked. Snow-graffiti culprits still on the run, over. Bleep bleep...

Kippers Dickie said...

When I was a lad, the messages we left in the snow were yellow... and sometimes in your girl-friends hand-writing !!!

The New world Order for dummies said...

The New World Order for Dummies.
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=XRLPG_HplrA

What Jaq boots Smithy is really up to with her ID card scheme.
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=j7se4gFTCys

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