Cyprus Bailout | The Ship is Beginning to Sink

Cyprus Bailout – The Ship is Beginning to Sink

With the news yesterday that the Government in the ROC have resigned following the vote against privatisation, an essential part of the loan deal by the EU, it looks as if chaos is about to ensue…again.

Hang on to your hair.

The Privatisation Bill is going through parliament again (whilst they still have one) and perhaps like the Irish vote, they might get it right the second time.

Undemocratic EU bullies Ireland into another vote

Ireland’s government and the European Commission denied it would be bullied into having another vote.

After all, the French were not forced back to the ballot box after rejecting the original EU constitution from which the Lisbon Treaty sprang.

But anyone who has watched the machinations of the EU over the past 20 years with a sceptical eye knew better.

And so it has come to pass: the Irish government has now confirmed there will be another referendum next year in the expectation that its stubborn voters will this time come up with the correct answer.

The Irish have been here before. In 2001, they voted to reject the Nice Treaty only to be marched back the following year to reverse that decision.

This is European democracy, Henry Ford style: you can reach any answer, as long as it is yes.

The problem that the Irish pose to the European elites is that they are constitutionally bound to hold a referendum on all issues such as these while other countries can ratify through their parliaments using government majorities or cosy coalition deals to get their way.

Whenever any major development in the EU is actually put to the people, the answer is invariably ‘no’ as it was with Denmark on Maastricht, Ireland on Nice and Lisbon and France and Holland on the constitution.

Had any of these been put to a referendum here in Britain it would have been rejected.

The Irish foreign minister maintains that Ireland will receive ‘concessions’ in return for holding another referendum to allow the treaty to be ratified, as it must be by all 27 nations.

In that case, will it not be a different treaty and therefore subject to re-ratification in every other country, or does that not matter?

The fact that European governments dare not put any of these integrationist advances to a popular vote captures the essence of the EU: profoundly undemocratic, unaccountable and remote from the people it purports to represent”

Whatever happens, it seems the ROC government have as few teeth as previous governments and privatisation is not going to happen easily but happen it must to fulfil the conditions of receiving any more money from the EU loan.

For God’s sake will someone take the shovel from them before they do bury themselves.

Pauline Read

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