Letters to the Editor Page
The Irish Times
Patsy McGarry sneers at the range of organisations who, sometimes
for differing and sometimes for overlapping reasons, oppose the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland. Would Mr McGarry prefer
if we were on the same side as the bankers and the financial institutions - those fine upstanding gentlemen who would march
us into their new Europe with the same alacrity as they marched us into this present overwhelming financial crisis? Or perhaps
Mr McGarry would prefer we aligned ourselves with all the pro-Lisbon builders and land speculators who now need a €90
billion NAMA bailout that will impoverish both ourselves and our children.
Maybe Mr McGarry thinks we should be international.?
Does he propose we align ourselves with the pro-Lisbon European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) with their privatisation agenda that makes Maggie Thatcher look like a wet Liberal? Or maybe Mr McGarry
would be happier if we aligned ourselves with the generals, the arms manufacturers and arms exporters all of whom are fervently
Mr McGarry seems particularly worked up by anti-Lisbon
campaigners calling the treaty "profoundly undemocratic" and calls as his defence that "it has already been approved by 85%
of directly elected representatives across the EU". Indeed, but more pertinently it has also been rejected by 55% of the Irish
voters and we were the only country allowed to vote on its contents. Mr McGarry also seems to allude that Joe Higgins'
visit to Cuba disallows him speak on democracy. I thought Patsy would know that a visit to Cuba puts Joe Higgins in the same
elevated company as Minister for Foreign Affairs, Michael Martin TD, the late Pope John Paul II, and many of the present leadership
of the Labour Party.
If Patsy McGarry wishes to read the Lisbon Treaty and acquaint
himself with the facts then I or anyone else on the NO side will be fully prepared to have an open debate with him. In the
meantime it would be most edifying if he desisted from undergraduate type desk thumping.
Treaty Campaign Director
The Workers Party., 24 Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1