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Herein lies the Ghost in the political machine of the Rt. Hon. Edmund Burke. Much like Max Weber arguing with the Ghost of Marx, this blog seeks to make relevant and where appropriate support or reject Burke's 'Reflections' against the backdrop of the disastrous New Labour experiment.

Friday, 12 December 2008

Two Irish referendums don't make a EU right.

Ah! The ultimate tool of direct democracy – the referendum. Is the EU altruistically trying to set up a Greco-style polis so that member states can enjoy the fruits of direct and bottom up decision making? The blunt answer – NON!

We have reached a sad state of affairs when after fighting a War against two authoritarian regime in Europe, we resort to using what we fought in defense of (democracy) as a means to force people to think again.

When something is blatantly a wrong, the EU forces its member states, through legal bafflement and obfuscation, to except it or if that fails, dupe their inhabitants into saying its a positive thing and thus we do not require a direct democratic vote.

However, only when the decision goes against the EU, do these technocrats pray to a false idol posing as the Goddess of Liberty, asking to be showered with referendums and free-choice.

It's like Hitler having elections in Nazi Germany, when voters would walk into a booth knowing if they didn't put the right cross in the box then, they'd be asked to vote again; more often than not compelled by the butt of a rifle.

Can this supra-state really hold its supposed people in such contempt like this? Britons must be baffled by Ireland receiving not just one, but two referendums – a triumph of democracy you cry? I find it impossible to trust an entity that only allows voting when thing don't go their way.

Democracy shouldn't be used as a final device that acts in a subservient manner to the Cause, whatever that may be. It is like the EU talks to us like children : We allow you democracy when you get it wrong, so you can learn from your mistake and get it right the next time.

Coupled with the imperial posturing of Sarkozy, chasing after the ghost of token Bonaparte-ism, is certainly a distinct concern. His inability to sit politically still for more than 3 minutes in European affairs, bossing nations around like an EU President-elect, should send shock waves running with the democratic world, who elected him – France and who else?

When the people have spoken, their voice shouldn't fall on deaf Euro-ears. Yes, Europe is a rapidly aging population, but there's no need to ask it's children to speak up and answer again. Perhaps the EU suffers from another age-related ailment – memory loss, although no will always mean no.

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