Monday, 30 June 2008

People Don't Know Whats Good For 'Em

here's something that I thought was a real eye popper but which only received a small column in Saturdays Irish times;

AUSTRIA: AUSTRIA'S SOCIAL Democratic chancellor, Alfred Gusenbauer, has sparked a government crisis by promising a Lisbon Treaty referendum if changes are made to the document ahead of a second Irish vote.

Foreign minister Ursula Plassnik, from the conservative People's Party (ÖVP), denounced the move as "crazy" and did not rule out bringing down the coalition with the "erratic" Social Democrats (SPÖ). (my bold)

A minister in a western democracy can call the notion of a referendum "Crazy" and no one minds??? Clearly even the politicians know, but choose to ignore, the fact that most people do not want more and more power devolved from their own governments to Brussels.