Well here it is, we are all set to take to the polls again and tell the government that we are silly people and that we were wrong to reject the Lisbon Treaty on the last time of asking… That’s what they want us to say anyway… But I will yet again be standing firm on my no vote. The complete arrogance of this government makes me sick every time I turn on the radio, TV or read a newspaper it’s there to be seen in full view.

My reasons are quite similar to my last post for the election last time round – you can read them here >>

The nation spoke and the government didn’t listen – they seem to think that getting a few “legal guarantees” on the hot topics from the last vote is enough to change our minds. Maybe it is, but they obviously don’t think it is or else they wouldn’t be using scaremongering tactics to frighten people into voting yes this time round.

I’m absolutely appalled by their campaign this time round. “Vote Yes for Jobs”, “We’re Safer in Europe“, “Yes for the economy”, “Yes to Protect Jobs” or “Yes for my future”. I’m sorry but that just doesn’t cut it.

First and foremost for me is democracy. So far I have seen little guarentee’s of our democratic rights. We say No, the government thinks we really meant yes and here, we’ll get you to vote again and scaremonger you into a yes vote. What ample timing the recession was huh? Let’s harp on about how good Europe will be for jobs and security. Yet again the government fail to respect the Irish republic and just think we’re a bunch of eejits.

I am a fan of Ireland being part of Europe, but not at the sake of democracy. Fianna Fail are putting a lot of effort into letting people know about the guarantee of an Irish commissioner that will have a veto on any decision being made in the European parliament. We’ve already seen first hand how Europe treats a veto – yep, they get us to vote again on the exact same treaty and expect us to make it a yes this time.

If our government had made any attempt to get the guarantees put into the treaty instead of some silly “legal guarantee” then maybe I may have voted yes.

I’m sick of hearing that if we vote NO, we will look terrible to other countries in the European commission. How bad will it look to other member states if Ireland are thrown out of Europe? Will this be something other countries will want to be a part of?

Mr. Cowen, you are treating us like the stoopid Irish again – hopefully we’ll all give you a resounding NO again this time around. Let’s see what you can actually deliver for this country then, since you don’t seem to be doing anything to save our economy.

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