All entries for Sunday 29 May 2005
May 29, 2005
What is the only body which asks questions which if you get the "wrong" you can be asked again until you get it right?
Some of you in exam time may find this idea appealing however I am not talking about exams. The answer is the EU and referenda. France will today probably vote no to the constitution and the Netherlands similarly on Wednesday. Now before Ireland voted no to the Euro before being asked to please think again and similarly Denmark with Maastricht. However this time I think that as France is a big enough country and also a founder member of the European Project that the commission cannot force another referendum and will have to accept the no vote and find that elusive "Plan B".
But the real question is should they? The French are voting against the treaty because it is too Anglo-Saxon and free market, however Eurosceptics in this country argue against it for being not free market enough. Both sides cannot be right, but who is? Perhaps it is because this treaty, originally to bring EU democracy closer to the "citizens", is written in legalese hence is utterly incomprehensible to just about every person in the EU. Is this the message Europe needs to reform?