The appropriately named Green Party turns people’s stomachs green when it proves it can not deliver promises has just gone one farther by demonstrating that the party can’t even follow it’s own rules. After failing to get a constitutional two-thirds (66%) majority vote to support the EU/Lisbon treaty the party voted to abandon the third, technical motion, allowing them to campaign for a yes vote on the EU/Lisbon treaty.
Could the party have been hijacked by the eight Oireachtas members who all support the treaty? For this important issue that will drastically change Ireland’s future approximately only 20% of the members turned up, reflecting their lose of faith in the Green Party.
Below are extracts from an article published in the Irish Times by a true servant of the people and an honest Green Party member, Patricia McKenna, who states the case why it is vital to vote no.
The Green Party must say No to Lisbon because of the contempt the political elite is showing for the people, writes former MEP Patricia McKenna.
The most obvious ones are the further militarisation of the EU, the power grab by the bigger member states, the further centralisation of power without true democratic accountability or control by elected representatives either in the European Parliament or national parliaments, the threat to “Social Europe”, the lack of a requirement for UN mandates for EU military actions and the creation of a de facto state.
Citizens in every member state want a referendum on this but are being denied the right to vote because their political leaders do not believe they will get the answer they want.
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Not only are political leaders openly admitting that they cannot trust their citizens to vote the way they are told but they are also openly admitting that they have taken the rejected EU constitution and renamed and repackaged it in an unreadable format.
To quote the father of the constitution, Giscard D’Estaing: “Public opinion will be led to adopt, without knowing it, the proposals that we dare not present to them directly… All the earlier proposals will be in a new text, but will be hidden and disguised in some way…What was [already] difficult to understand will become utterly incomprehensible, but the substance has been retained.”
Coupled with this are the new rules on voting in the council where voting strength will be based on population size and larger countries get more power.
However, a No in the referendum gives Ireland the best chance to demand changes.
Doing so would ensure the possibility of getting a better deal and a better EU – one that is truly democratic where our political leaders are held to account.
The citizens of Europe deserve no less.