Remember that the Irish people had to vote twice on the Lisbon Treaty, because their first vote was ‘wrong’ and NOT in favor of the elitists’ agenda.
Asking the Irish to vote again on the Lisbon treaty is arrogant, insulting and undemocratic
As soon as the Irish people’s ballots were counted in June, their rejection of Lisbon was treated as the “wrong” answer, as if they had been taking part in a multiple-choice maths exam and had failed to work out that 2+2=4. Now, they will be given a chance to sit the exam again, “until [they] come up with the right answer,” says George Galloway, attacking EU elitism. The notion that the Irish “got it wrong” exposes gobsmacking ignorance about democracy in the upper echelons of the EU. The very fact that a majority of Irish people said no to Lisbon made it the “right answer”, true and sovereign and final. “No” really does mean no.
– I’m quitting the Tories for UKIP, says ex-treasurer Lord Hesketh after he loses faith in the party (Daily Mail, Oct. 11, 2011):
A former Tory treasurer has defected from the Conservatives to the UK Independence Party over David Cameron’s handling of Europe.
Lord Hesketh says he lost faith in the party after the Prime Minister reneged on his promise to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, the former Conservative fundraiser said he would now devote his efforts to drumming up funds for UKIP.
Before the general election, Mr Cameron gave a ‘cast iron’ pledge to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.
However the treaty was ratified before he came to power and he said there would be no point having a poll at that point.
But Lord Hesketh, who first canvassed for the party in 1959 and was a minister under Margaret Thatcher, said last night: ‘I was appalled when we reneged on the referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.
‘It didn’t matter that Brown had signed it. Labour had said there would be a referendum. And Cameron could have said the treaty had not been properly dealt with, and therefore he would have been justified in holding one.
He added: ‘I believed until we went back on the commitment to the referendum that he would have a good hand to play, and could tell the rest of Europe we had to sit down and talk about the future.’
Lord Hesketh’s intervention is likely to fuel euroscepticism in Tory ranks, which recently led to the creation of a 120-strong group of MPs to lobby for Britain to renegotiate its relationship with Brussels.
It comes after London Mayor Boris Johnson said he too thinks Mr Cameron should have held a referendum on Lisbon and that he would support a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.