Lise Hand: Lisbon Treaty III is lurking in the wings like a pantomime villain
DEMOCRACY is the new black. It's all the rage these days among fashionable heads of government, among Europhiles and Eurosceptics alike, as it's paraded up and down the catwalks of Brussels and Berlin.
There is so much democracy flying about that one barely knows where to look. The Mighty Merkozy wants a new treaty in the name of democracy, while David Cameron took home his ball from the EU death-match on Friday because he reckoned the Merkel-Sarkozy brand of democracy was bad for Britain.
And then there is our own intrepid duo, Enda and Eamon. What a pickle this democracy fad has landed them in. For all this talk of deploying the democratic process in order to save the wobbly euro looks likely to land the Irish Government with a prospect more nightmarish than opening one's front door to find Hannibal Lecter waving a bottle of Chianti.