Monday, May 26, 2003

Giscard joins calls for vote on new EU treaty

How is Blair going to justify subverting democracy now? Obviously the prime minister and hiis cabinet must take the British population for a bunch of fools, if he expects that sops like excluding the word "federal" from the proposed constitution will suffice to calm the people's concerns. One doesn't have to be a lawyer to recognize that a treaty can easily be drafted to create a strongly centralized federation without ever mentioning the word "federal" anywhere in it.

This isn't the first time Tony Blair has assumed the British population to be so stupid as to be taken in by mere gimmickry. Right up until the introduction of Euro notes in 2002, Labour ministers were publicly stating their certainty that all it would take to overcome the public's scepticism would be an opportunity to see the new notes for themselves, and that once they realized the Euro didn't cause spontaneous combustion, Britain would simply go wild for the lovely new currency.

Of course, nothing of the sort came true; if anything, the British are more sceptical now than they were before the introduction of the Euro notes. In light of this reality, why does Blair expect people to fall for the same caliber of persuasion on an equally important matter? Then there is this to consider: if Blair is sincere in his claim to be "fighting" to maintain Britain's soverignty (and let me say here that I don't believe that anything of the sort is true), why would he choose to oppose a referendum that could only strengthen his negotiating position?