Jun. 14th, 2008

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Apparently posters making clumsly allusions to the 1916 rising are not offensive, but posters calling for an anti-war protest against George Bush are.
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So the Lisbon Vote came in as a fairly solid No. Curiously, I'm pretty sure my referendum booklet advised me that if this was the case, the entire treaty was hosed as it requires a unanimous ratification by all member states of the EU and, er, we've kinda broken that.

Good things: hurrah, democracy! 53.1% turnout for a Constitutional amendment isn't exactly song and dance material, but it's better than I expected, and it definitely reflects the fact that some people do care about this stuff.

Bad things: having to put up with the harping morons of Coir for the next month while they smugly tell everyone how they "won".

Amusement: Firstly, taking someone else's line: how are the anti-treaty U.K. tabloids going to cope with the fact that Sinn Féin are in some part responsible for "saving" them from the treaty? Secondly, the results weren't even out yesterday before the main opposition party turned on the incumbents claiming the negative outcome was a result of the referendum being held too close to the change of leadership. This would be the same party who last week (or perhaps the week before) were clamouring for cross-party unity to present a single-faced Yes campaign. A week, as they say, is a long time in politics.


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