Irish “No” Hero Declan Resolute in Westminster

Victorious “No” campaigner Declan Ganley is in London tonight doing a bit of a victory lap and setting out his plans should the EU decide to press ahead regardless of the democratic will. He spoke from the heart, not as smoothly as a politician, he listened patiently to a critique from Sir Michael Whitewhich lasted almost as long as his own speech (though it ended with a question mark). He was firm, in a room full of Eurosceptics he maintained his own pro-European credentials, stating that he wanted a democratic, peaceful Europe. He said he was perhaps Brussels-sceptic. He advocated turning the 2009 European elections into a referendum.There was much laughter when Declan predicted that the Europhile Irish Times journalist would report that he was speaking to a room full of CIA backed Eurosceptics at an extreme right-wing British think-tank. He was speaking at an event hosted by the centrist Policy Exchange think tank and liberal pressure group Open Europe. When a hostile questioner identified himself as from the European Movement, Declan pointed out, to the amusement of the crowd, that his organisation actually was financed during the Cold War by the CIA.

BBC Reporting Insults Irish Democracy

When the result came in yesterday Mark Mardell looked shocked and sounded exasperated. The BBC has continually been running this line in its reporting of Ireland’s historic vote on the Lisbon Treaty:

Just over three million Irish voters are registered – in a European Union of 490 million people.”

The implication is clear. Those beastly Paddies are depriving everyone else in Europe of the benefits of the Lisbon Treaty. They want to convey the image of a minority running rough shod over every one else. The BBC fails to mention that Ireland is not depriving Europeans of their say. It is the only member state which gave its people a say on the matter. It is the other member states who are depriving their people of a say lest they give the wrong answer. In those states, like Britain, it is their legislatures who decide what is best and hang what the people feel.

The BBC’s comparison is bogus because it is comparing an electorate with a population – many of whom will be young babes in arms who have no say anyway. A Scottish co-conspirator has taken time and trouble to tot up the legislators in the other member states so we can see the reality of who decides on our European future. 15 member states have unicameral legislatures:

    LEGISLATURE MEMBERS
    Austria 245
    Bulgaria 240
    Cyprus 59
    Denmark 179
    Estonia 101
    Finland 200
    Greece 300
    Hungary 386
    Latvia 100
    Lithuania 141
    Luxembourg 60
    Malta 69
    Portugal 230
    Slovakia 150
    Sweden 349
    TOTAL 2,809

And the remaining 11 are bicameral.

STATE LOWER HOUSE UPPER HOUSE TOTAL
Belgium 150 71 221
Czech Republic 200 81 281
France 577 321 898
Germany 613 69 682
Italy 630 315 945
Netherlands 150 75 225
Poland 460 100 560
Romania 332 137 469
Slovenia 90 40 130
Spain 350 264 614
United Kingdom 646 745 1,391
6,416

In total there are a mere 9,225 people deciding the European future for 490 million people outside of Ireland.

The real comparison with Ireland is even far more dramatic and much less democratic than the image the BBC has been projecting….

Ireland Saves Europe Again

Guido is so proud he could cry. The land of saints and scholars saves Europe from the darkness once again. The people of Ireland, a free sovereign state, stood up to and defeated the Brussels imperium.

+++ Irish “No Vote” Hopes High on Early Returns +++

RTE reporting “The No vote is strong in many rural areas and in working class districts of cities, while middle class areas appear to be less supportive of the Treaty than had been anticipated.”

Wexford Split on Lisbon

The priest reckons turnout is going to be about 20% at our polling station. The farmers will probably shade towards the Yes since the IFA claims to have secured a veto (they haven’t really, who knows what backroom deal has been done).

The fishermen are resolutely opposed, for the same reasons British fishermen oppose the EU. They have blockaded Cork and Waterford harbours recently. There was some talk of doing so locally, but they couldn’t really be arsed.

Two No votes were cast in our household. If the European superstate crumbles as a result, Granny Fawkes will have started it…

Taking The Pulse at the Polls

The poll results will not be known until tomorrow evening (counting does not start until tomorow morning).

Rumours abound as to the outcome, the governing Fianna Fáil party commissioned a private poll which apparently shades it for them. They also said Bertie Ahern was honest, so Guido puts no particular store in that rumour.

It is difficult to call, punters marignally favour a “Yes” win.

N.B. That really is Guido’s polling card.

As Ulstermen Sell British Liberties, the Irish Can Vote to Preserve European Liberty

On Easter Monday, 24 April 1916 on the steps of the General Post Office the Proclamation of the Irish Republic was read out. It included the words

We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible. The long usurpation of that right by a foreign people and government has not extinguished the right, nor can it ever be extinguished except by the destruction of the Irish people. In every generation the Irish people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty; six times during the past three hundred years they have asserted it in arms. Standing on that fundamental right and again asserting it in arms in the face of the world, we hereby proclaim the Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent State. And we pledge our lives and the lives of our comrades-in-arms to the cause of its freedom, of its welfare, and of its exaltation among the nations… In this supreme hour the Irish nation must, by its valour and discipline and by the readiness of its children to sacrifice themselves for the common good, prove itself worthy of the august destiny to which it is called.

The seven signatories of the Irish Proclamation: Padraig Pearse, James Connolly, Thomas Clarke, Thomas MacDonagh, Sean MacDermott, Joseph Plunkett, and Eamonn Ceannt were executed for their efforts to secure a free Ireland.

Guido’s vote today will be cast against the Lisbon Treaty. Why, after so long a struggle and much spilt blood, swap subjugation to laws made in Westminster for undemocratic rule from Brussels?

Due to the foresight of the drafters of the Irish Constitution we are the only people in all of Europe to be asked if we wish to irrevocably concede our sovereignty. We won’t be asked again once the European superstate becomes a reality. Ireland was Europe’s first colony, we are now the last sovereign democracy. For ourselves and all those who have no voice, the Irish must say “No”.

+++ Shock Poll Irish Times : No 35% Yes 30% +++

RTE News Flash 22:08

The latest opinion poll on the Lisbon Referendum is showing the ‘No’ side surging ahead in a dramatic reversal of opinion. The TNS/mrbi poll in tomorrow’s Irish Times shows opponents of the Treaty with a 5% lead over those in favour.

Up to now, opinion polls on the Referendum campaign have consistently shown the ‘Yes’ side ahead, although opponents have been closing the gap. But now the ‘No’ side has done more than that, surging into a commanding lead with just a week to polling day.

The poll shows the ‘Yes’ side at 30%, down five points since their last poll three weeks ago, while the ‘No’ side is at 35%, up a staggering 17%, with ‘Don’t Knows’ down 12 at 35%.

If that result is repeated next week, the political establishment is heading for a crushing defeat and the Lisbon Treaty is dead.

Could Ireland save European civilisation again? We are a contrary people…

Get Down to Grosvenor Place for Noon (and Free Guinness)

Midday today will see supporters of the I Want a Referendum campaign outside the Irish Embassy.

Guido will be supporting them in the sunshine and then moving on to the Guinness Guzzling fund raiser (see below for how to donate).

Guido will be out-drinking the national chairman of Conservative Future, Michael Rock. He is a big lad so it could be a close run thing…

Sponsor Guido in the Anglo-Irish Guinness Guzzling Competition

At midday tomorrow I Want a Referendum campaigners will be gathering outside the Irish embassy to congratulate the Irish on getting the referendum that Brown has denied the British. All over Europe pro-referendum campaigners will be turning up at Irish embassies.
Once the political niceties are out of the way the serious business of the day will begin. The first ever Anglo-Irish Guinness necking competition will get underway. In the green corner Guido will take on the might of the Conservative Future Chairman Michael Rock in the blue corner. Whoever manages to guzzle 4 pints of Guinness quickest will be crowned champion.

Get involved in this titanic struggle by pledging money. You can sponsor Guido or Michael through I Want a Referendum’s PayPal link:


All money raised will go to referendum campaigners
from the winner’s home country.
Depending on who downs the Guinness first, the funds will then be paid out to either Stuart Wheeler’s Fighting Fund by Michael Rock if he wins, or if Guido wins, he will pay it to the Irish No campaign being run by Libertas.* Michael will be wearing England colours, Guido will of course be wearing an Irish shirt…

By happy coincidence this knees-up is on the last day that Londoners will still be allowed to drink legally on the underground. All who are still standing after the Irish bash (and those light enough to be carried) will be heading over to Liverpool St for the Last Orders on the Underground party on the Circle Line. Unfortunately that starts at 9pm so Guido won’t be able to make it…

UPDATE : I Want a Referendum campaign just called – there will be free Guinness for all who turn up!

*Guido can legally donate to the Irish No Campaign because he is an Irish citizen.

Taxodus – Enterprises Flee UK Tax Regime

The news that WPP is considering fleeing UK shores to escape ever increasing taxes resulting from Gordon’s prolificacy must signal that business has had enough of Gordon’s tax and spend policies. Every week a major business seems to make the move, Ireland is continually welcoming companies keen to halve their tax bill.

The Irish benefit massively and the inward investment has helped make Irish per capita incomes now higher than in the UK. In the last 11 years Gordon’s big government and big tax bill thinking has contrasted with Ireland’s more Thatcherite approach – resulting in Ireland becoming richer. It has come to something when the republic is spending hundreds of millions of euros to help the poor neighbour in the North upgrade infrastructure. Eurosceptics who claim Ireland is subsidised by EU funds are out of date. Nowadays Ireland is a net loser from the EU financially.

Gordon says he is listening, well he should hear what businesses are saying and see what they are doing. The tax base is narrowing and will continue to do so until he takes the low tax, high growth route to prosperity. The taxodus across the Irish sea will only increase otherwise…

+++ Irish PM Bertie Ahern Announces Resignation +++

RTE News has more

Guido is M.I.A. in Vietnam

Where, incidentally, Guido has discovered that the governing Communist Party is privatising the provision of state-funded education and cutting taxes on business. So Brown’s government has more Stalinist policies than the Vietnamese Communist Party…

No Guinness to be found however, ah well… Happy St Patricks!

Can the Irish Again Save Europe?

With the fall of the Roman Empire in the fifth century, it fell to us Irish, to our glory, to save Western Civilisation. It was Irish monks who copied and preserved almost all of Western classical poetry, history, oratory, philosophy and commentary. It was in the Ireland of St. Patrick and the Book of Kells that, safely distant in the West and away from the barbarian despoliation of the European continent, monks and scribes laboriously, lovingly even, preserved the West’s written treasury.

As Thomas Cahill records in How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe “when stability returned in Europe, these Irish scholars were instrumental in spreading learning, becoming not only the conservators of civilization, but also the shapers of the medieval mind, putting their unique stamp on Western culture.” Ireland became “Europe’s publisher” as warrior-monks followed Columcille’s example and began to colonise barbarised Europe.

Whereas once before in distant European history the Irish preserved documents to save Europe from barbarians, Ireland could now vote down a document and save Europe from the bureaucrats. Ireland, alone of all the nations of Europe, will hold a referendum on the Constitutional Treaty…

GuyNews : Irish Elections

It is election day in Ireland today. The Green Party are expected to do well, in small part due to this rather good advert. The small Progressive Democrat party, according to some, is going to get wiped out. Guido thinks they will survive.

See it on GuyNews.TV.

Saoirse!

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Guido is off back home to Ireland today, where he’ll be doing his bit for the only party of which he is a paid up member – the Progressive Democrats. (How a cynic like Guido came to be a paid up member is complicated and involves alcohol). The Irish general election is on May 24th. The PDs are the more ideological part of the governing coalition which over the last decade has made Ireland the high-growth, low tax, successful enterprise culture that it is today. They are fighting a strong threat from a rainbow coalition of Socialists, Greens and Gerry Adams’ gangsters.

The PDs are standing firmly on their anti-IRA, tax-cutting, free markets and free enterprise platform. Didn’t Britain once have a successful political party that stood for those values?

Incidentally Tony Blair, fresh from paying tribute to Sarkozy, appeared last night in Fianna Fáil’s party political broadcast backing Bertie Ahern. Fianna Fáil is the Irish equivalent of the Conservative party – so that is the second foreign centre-right political leader he has backed against their socialist opponents in as many weeks. The PDs are allied internationally with the LibDems, but as far as Guido can discover, no-one from Cowley Street is going to help the Irish liberal party. We will cope…

Croke Park, National Anthems, England v Ireland

On 21st November 1920, British troops, infuriated by the IRA’s assassination that morning of 14 British agents, retaliated by firing wildly into the Croke Park crowd during a Gaelic football match between Tipperary and Dublin. They killed 11 spectators and a player, Michael Hogan, while two other people were trampled to death. Later that night two IRA officers and a sympathiser were shot in the cells of Dublin Castle in shameful circumstances. Two subsequent British military courts of inquiry into the massacre were held. They found that the shooting “was carried out without orders and exceeded the demands of the situation.” Major-General Boyd, the officer commanding Dublin District, added that in his opinion, “the firing on the crowd was carried out without orders, was indiscriminate, and unjustifiable”. It was the first Bloody Sunday.

Lansdowne Road is being refurbished and so, for the first time, Croke Park, a place of Irish nationalist symbolism, is being used for international rugby. The location of today’s rugby match has acute political significance, Sinn Fein are trying to stir up trouble with a protest at the ground. It will therefore be an extremely emotional moment when the overwhelmingly Irish crowd hears the band play God Save the Queen.

Guido’s view is that this is rugby, and rugby fans will want to enjoy it without the historical politics. There is however a rumour going round that Peter Hain will lay a commemorative wreath at Croke Park. That would only serve to further politicise the event. It would reflect well on the crowd if the British national anthem was respected. But remember this is the ground where British bullets once reigned down on Irish civilians, there is not a hope in hell that they will like hearing Send her victorious, Happy and glorious, Long to reign over us.

The Irish national anthem is no less militant, in fact it is implicitly anti-British, and tells of despots from “a land beyond the wave”. It is explicitly a soldier’s song In Erin’s cause, come woe or weal, ‘Mid cannon’s roar and rifles’ peal” the Irish Rugby team will sing, in Gaelic, that they are sworn to be free.

Guido won’t be booing the British national anthem this afternoon, but he will be cheering O’Driscoll to victory…

UPDATE : 43 – 13 and the proper respect shown for the national anthems. Ireland can be proud.



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