Sunday 22 September 2019

Sarkozy and issues of EU democracy

Mr Sarkozy's sudden conversion to the principle of popular referenda to ratify the Lisbon Treaty is a welcome turn around.

Only last year he seemed to be dead against the idea. Nevertheless, there is joy in heaven when a single sinner repenteth. So I look forward to him "rolling out" this new policy all across Europe as befits his role as European Union president.

We in France will be happy to oblige him in leading from the front. According to recent opinion polls here the vast majority of us want to vote on Lisbon, a desire replicated across the peoples of our continent. Our political elites have stumbled across something that is popular with ordinary Europeans.

This is an excellent start to his presidency!

PAUL HENRI CADIER

VIENS, FRANCE

Who in their right mind would allow the people to decide on an issue as important as the future of Europe?

The French President Nicolas Sarkozy has the right idea when he suggests that we all get on with ratifying the treaty.

That way, we can allow the Taoiseach to roll up his sleeves and get out his strap and give the ungrateful pups of Ireland a good hiding for showing us up in front of the whole world.

Democracy, as Adolf Hitler once said, is perfect as long as it gives you the results you want.

Otherwise, it's just a pain in the head.

Something that particular gentleman well understood.

JOHN HANAMY

RATHGAR, DUBLIN 6

Did you vote 'No'?

If you did vote 'No', you now know that politicians won't take no for an answer.

If we (the people of this country), had voted 'Yes', it would have been accepted as yes.

But no, they have to question why we voted 'No'. God only knows, what will happen if the country votes 'No' again. Will they accept a 'No' as no? Or will it be, "Oh oh, I don't know".

Who knows?

Please let me know if you happen to know!

CLARE BEIRNE

DUN LAOGHAIRE, CO DUBLIN

There was a man called Sarkozy,

Who wanted from Ireland a 'Oui',

All he got was a 'Non',

And he started to moan,

Now he's coming over to get the best of three.

MARTHA KERTON

CLONMEL, CO TIPPERARY

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