I voted NO for the same reason.TomBarry wrote:I voted YES because I believe in an efficiently run, secular and united Europe.
If you trust our government, you are in DEEP (shit) Denial!TomBarry wrote:]Many of my work colleagues voted no and most of the reasons they gave for this had nothing to do with the Lisbon treaty, for example
Militarization of Europe (we have a government triple lock to protect against being forced into any war situation)
Loaded? With what exactly? A great big pile of corrupted spineless materialistic eejits who, in their collective psychosis, think they know whats best for the rest of us. Is that what you mean by "loaded"?TomBarry wrote:Compared to the vast majority of countries in the world we are loaded.
Europe isn't going to exorcise the Roman Catholic demon from the collective Irish psyche. We are going to have to do that for ourselves. In other words, we Irish have yet to face up to the fact of of our OWN internalized history of Roman Catholicism and the damage that ideology has done to us as a people. Becoming more 'economically viable, or competitive, or whatever your having yourself, is not going to make us a more secular and therefore a more mature, responsible people.TomBarry wrote:With a yes vote, Europe would be a more secular influence on Ireland, it could buffer our economy from actions taken by larger emerging economies like Russia, China and India. Take natural gas for example and what Russia did to Georgia recently. That could be us and once we've lost influence in Europe, who's going to give a damn
Material wealth does not solve a nation's socio-political problems, in the same way that it does not solve an individual's problems.