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What's in a name?

• Last week I received a booklet through my letter box, which purports to tell me all I need to know about the Stability Treaty.

Congratulations to Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, to Labour and all the other 'yes men' in the Dail for their fine job of codding the people of Ireland.

By calling it the Stability Treaty you have most likely won the day and saved yourselves the trouble of another referendum.

Never let it be said that politics doesn't evolve. And in terms of evolution, perhaps it was a good thing that the trees of Ireland were cut down in order to defeat the Spanish Armada, otherwise I wonder if we might soon find ourselves trying to climb back up into them again.

The question being put to 'Paddy Punter' at the end of the month is "Yes to stability" or "No to stability".

Now, let's do a dummy run: All those people in Ireland who say 'yes' to stability please put up your hands. All those who would like to say 'no' to stability put up your hands. That was easy, wasn't it?

The Government and Fianna Fail, under the auspices of the supposedly unbiased Referendum Commission, have been crafty enough to call this treaty the Stability Treaty.

Stability itself has nothing to do with the referendum, for it is a desired outcome and nothing more.

The treaty could easily have been called the Instability Treaty or Increased Austerity Treaty for this is also an equally possible outcome.

Calling this fiscal treaty a 'stability' one is deceptive to say the least. It is no different from calling it the 'happiness treaty' or the 'life will be wonderful treaty'.

How can this referendum be considered unbiased when it begins on the basis of another twisted truth from Leinster House?

Here we have more of the same political deception that not only resulted in our present economic mess but in the need for this referendum.

One would think that the fact that there are posters all over the country which say "Fianna Fail says Yes to the treaty", should be enough for people to know how to vote.

But our memories are short and four months after the Costa Concordia went off course for the very same reasons that our nation went off course -- the captain had lost control -- their stock is on the rise once again -- scary.

Fianna Fail may not yet be back in the driving seat but they are well cosied-up with the new 'yes men' and are simply waiting on the inevitable mass memory loss that keeps the Irish political show on the road.

Dr Marcus de Brun
Rush, Co Dublin

Irish Independent