Fainting in Coyles
An occasional letter from the Heart of Euroville

Friday, June 04, 2004  

The Dumptruck strikes

Jean-Luc Dehaene, former Belgian Prime Minister, outside shot at Commission President - despite his claims to the cobntrary the FT still rate him as a contender has just come up with a perfect encapsulation of the EUs contempt for democracy. As reported in the Irish Times - (Behind a subscription firewall) he was in a radio debate with Belgian PM Verhofstalin - who as I noted on Tuesday, has called a referendum on the EU Constitution.
Dehaene's point was that if the unimaginable happened and the vote was lost in Belgium (less unmaginable than most people realise),

"In a radio debate with Mr Verhofstadt yesterday, Mr Dehaene strongly criticised the idea of a referendum. 'We know that nine out of 10 people will not have read the Constitution and will vote on the basis of what politicians and journalists say,' he said. 'More than that, if the answer is No, the vote will probably have to be done again, because it absolutely has to be Yes.'"

So there you have it.
Hat tip Anthony Coughlan

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