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June 10, 2008

Treaty of Lisbon - The Absentee Landlords Return

by Debs is dead
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The Treaty of Lisbon seems to be a naked grab for power by the already meglomaniacal european pols and technocrats who figure pushing this through in europe will be easy after a win in Ireland which is claimed to be the EU's greatest success story.

A rags to riches tale of neo-liberal alliances with corrupt pols exploiting a too trusting public who imagined that 'the boys' (their elected representatives) were still looking out for them while they had a couple of 'small drinks' on the side.

Those Irish pols must be desperate to remove a chunk of political power from the electorate before the shit hits the fan. That is before much of Ireland's new found wealth disappears down the gurgler, leaving the Irish people searching for culprits. The disadvantages of trans-national financial entanglements become revealed when the reality of being in hock to a plethora of foreign financiers takes shape.

If much of Ireland's power has been handballed to 'europe' then the local pols can blame them and say they would love to help but 'you people' went and voted our ability to do much across to Brussels.

In the meantime as Harry Browne explains the threat of economic doom and gloom arising from the 'no' vote getting up, is being used by these same pols to bludgeon the electorate into voting 'yes'.

As a fatalistic Celt myself, I can't but feel that the worst of both worlds will come to pass. That is the yes vote will win by a narrow margin and then Ireland's miracle will fade away completely to become another story to be passed on to future generations like all the other 'when we were once great' tales which sustain the ethos of being Irish no matter how many generations ago it was anyone from yer family set foot in the place.

Leaving the Irish as powerless to deal with the underlying issues which oppress their population as they were before they kicked out the english. Imperialism has a different face is all.

As a globalist at heart, but before anyone reels back in horror I should say I prefer the Internationalist label. Like the Wobblies of old, I have always believed the breaking down of national borders is a vital step towards global peace.

Of course at the same time as that happens major decison-making powers have to be brought down to community level so that individual communities can make the laws fit their needs.
The globalism practised by neo-libs is the reverse of that, borders are maintained while real political power is moved further and further away from the people and consolidated in the hands of distant elites. The absentee landlords return.

It is going to take a lot of blood split to get back those powers which were given away with a tick on a ballot paper. I used to think that would take a couple of generations to develop, but the beneficiaries of this consolidation of power have been too greedy, too fast.

The uprising around our planet as ordinary people express their anger at the 300% increase in basic food prices in 12 months may provide an opportunity to reverse this power shift before the elites have time to consolidate their new armies, or rather the militarised police forces who unlike traditional police are recruited because they have no ties to the communities they are to police.

Who needs criminal informants when you have CCTV on every lamp post and unlimited powers to intercept private communications? This is particularly true in Europe where the GWOT has provided the leadership with the perfect excuse to militarise what was meant to be a peaceful trading co-operative.

Posted by b on June 10, 2008 at 11:46 UTC | Permalink

... the local pols can blame them ['Europe'] and say they would love to help but 'you people' went and voted our ability to do much across to Brussels.

That is pretty much what they do anyway.

Posted by: det | Jun 10 2008 13:33 utc | 1

Thanks Debs - you are quite right.

In my country the then ruling Socialdemocrats and Greens promised to have a referendum on the then EU constitution. But after poll numbers came out they found some 70% rejection would be possible and shunned those plans. The split of Die Linke (the left) form the Socialdemocrats was one result of this. The Linke get some 12%+ of votes now and the Socialdemocrats are down to 20%+.

Still they didn't get it. Now the Lisboa Treaty was sent through parliament and got the needed votes there.

But there is another big problems for the neolibs. The Constitutional Court a while ago in a different context was very concerned with abaiding German sovereignity to the EU without a referendum. They gave a clear warning then - up to here and not a step further.

Now a group of legal Professors has launched a big attack on the Lisboa treaty and the case is going to the Constitutional Court. I am quite confident that it will reject the treaty or at least huge parts of it.

(The leading professor in this is Karl-Heinz Schachtschneider. Some 25 years ago I was one of his students. Interesting lectures and he gave me an A- in the final exams ...)

Posted by: b | Jun 10 2008 17:04 utc | 2

Thanks Debs for your thoughts. There is a really a bizarre election feel here in Ireland. I want to mention three voters I know who are above the age of 65, stalwart FF etc. Two will not vote because they haven't a clue what it is about, the other going "No".

Thank God for the Irish Constitution, I hope!

Posted by: Cloned_Poster | Jun 10 2008 19:06 utc | 3

4 days ago the EU council of social affairs ministers decided on a directive to allow a weekly work limit of up to 65 hours by what they call a "qualified majority" - Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary and Spain abstained. Vladimir Spindla, EU labour commissioner, said "This is a major step forward for European workers and it strengthens social dialogue".

10 years ago the talk was the 35 hours work period. If these motherfuckers get their treaty I suppose that 10 years from now they'll make the 65 hours compulsory.

Last week, here in Lisbon, 200.000 demonstrated against the "socialist" government proposed revision of the labour regulations. Our "socialist" premier comment was "I'm not impressed by numbers". Incidentally, one of his campaign promises was a referendum on the revised constitutional treaty. But then he decided he would take no risks and ratified it in parliament instead, arguing that since it was no longer a "constitutional" treaty his promise didn't apply.

They have no shame, no dignity, and I hope the Irish give them the same answer the Dutch and French did 3 years ago.

Posted by: estouxim | Jun 10 2008 23:48 utc | 4

Not everyone takes DiD's attitude on Ireland.

EU referendum: What have the Eurocrats ever done for us?

Posted by: Alex | Jun 11 2008 10:05 utc | 5

I had to notice that the writer's name is O'Toole

quite fitting really, O meaning decending from and tool according to the urban dictionary is One who lacks the mental capacity to know he is being used. A fool. A cretin. Characterized by low intelligence and/or self-steem.

and yes, we really do need to be more respectful of our betters!

Posted by: dan of steele | Jun 11 2008 10:46 utc | 6

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