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national | eu | press release Saturday July 18, 2009 19:06 by Patricia McKenna - Peoples' Movement
Green Party vote to support Lisbon Treaty
The Green Party’s decision to support the Lisbon Treaty and backtrack on its long standing campaign for a more democratic EU will be more of a hindrance than a help to the Yes side. The voters would currently not buy a used car from the Green Party let alone a rejected treaty. The party leadership has shown that once part of the so-called ‘accepted political establishment’ they turn their back on their principles
18th July, 2009
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How can anyone claim to be calling for a more democratic EU when she ignores the 2/3 majority of green party members who voted for a yes vote, it matters not if someone for or against lisbon when making a call for better democracy and simultaneously ignoring the most democratic of mandates given a party by rank and file members completely discredits any further statements - is this the ultimate example of "doublethink"?
How can anyone seriously claim to be in favour of democracy when they think that a 2/3 vote at a GP meeting outweighs the majority vote of the people? Patricia takes her mandate from the majority of the Irish people who rejected Lisbon.
The word and the concept of Democracyt is made up of two Greek words: Demos - meaning the people - and Kratos - power....in plain English that even our imperialist can understand it means people power......
Unless I am mistaken, the Irish people voted against Lisbon on June 12th '08.....the French and the Dutch had voted against the Lisbon clone in '05.....and yes, in case I am accused of forgetting, the Spanish and the Luxemburgian people voted for the EU Constitution.
Last year, the 550 million European citizens were denied a vote......and they still are. That extremist left-winger McCreavy said had they been given a vote 80% would have rejected the Treaty.
And now, despite Gilmore's words that "Lisbon is dead" and Gormley's words that "the outcome must be respected", Green rank-and-file democracy decides that the Lisbon Treaty should be supported!! The very same Treaty we rejected - oh yes - with a bit of cellophane packaging. Gormley a few weeks ago was saying he had serious doubts about the role of the European Defence Agency......and EU militarisation. What palliative did he get to assuage his doubts?
You can throw stones at Patricia but, whether you agree with her in everything she says and does, you must admit she has the courage to stand by what she believes.....