'The dream of the men of 1916 is coming to an end'
That's it. I'm voting for Lisbon next time. Not because I like the EU. I don't. I despise its corruption, its moral laziness, its military torpor, its great glutinous bureaucracy and its fundamental disrespect for democracy. Its many failings will, in due course, spell the end of European civilisation.
But at least if we vote for Lisbon, we shall be further drawn into the great maw of the EU, and for all its loathsome vices, this means we will be spared another layer of self-government.
In time, we might become a directly administered province of Brussels, with a governor general in the Phoenix Park. It'll be horrible, of course, but it won't be as horrible as what we've got.