Opposition Leader Ganley: Irish People Scared into Backing Lisbon Treaty
Irish Opposition leader, Declan Ganley, has stated that the Friday's Lisbon Treaty poll shows just how scared people are.
Libertas leader has conceded the 'Yes' vote has been carried in the Lisbon Treaty referendum, BGNES reported.
He has congratulated the Taoiseach on "what was, politically, a masterful campaign…from a masterful politician who has made glove puppets out of the opposition".
He added he was "surprised how big the “Yes” vote is. It just shows how scared people are", claiming the economic downturn had a massive influence.
“This is an overwhelming Yes vote”, Declan Ganley said.
Declan Ganley is the founder and current Chairman of the pan-European political party Libertas. The party started in 2006 as a lobby group campaigning for a “No” vote to the Lisbon Treaty in the Irish Referendum 12 June 2008, and has evolved into a pan-European political movement.
Libertas influenced to the a major extent the “No” vote of the Irish people in the first Lisbon Treaty poll.
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"OK, how do you explain the mood swing of the Irish? Just asking."
Well, firstly people weren't voting on the treaty in either referendum. First time out, the 'no' camp were well organised and played on fears that were by and large unfounded. They made a big deal about losing a commissioner but the reality is, it doesn't make much difference if we do or we don't as they don't represent the countries they're from in the first place. Still, people don't know much about the EU so throw in a suggestion that we'll all be in an EU army before we know it and hint that that we'll be obliged to provide abortions and you've got yourself a no vote.
This time around, it was even less about the treaty. People are fearful that Ireland drifting away from Europe will be bad for the economy and so they did a u-turn and voted yes. Personally, I'm happy. . A strong EU will significantly reduce the chances of war in Europe and for that alone, the EU project is worth it.