It is easy to step on us
Sir -- 'Referendum' or not to 'Referendum', that is the question: whether it is nobler in time to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous EU dictates, or to take up arms against a sea of troubles.
King Claudius declared in 'Hamlet', that, "words never made it to heaven without thoughts". So too, our latest EU treaty should never make it into law without the application of a very careful thought process.
There is something of the Shakespearian tragedy about the idea that Ireland should be compelled to balance its budget or face profound consequences, after a pile of foreign and local private banking debt has been thrust into our arms.