THE WORKERS' PARTY OF IRELAND

Lisbon formula is a placebo

"GUARANTEES" FROM EU SIDESHOW ARE MEANLESS AND INEFFECTUAL SAYS WORKERS PARTY PRESIDENT

Michael Finnegan
WP President Michael Finnegan

The President of the Workers Party, Michael Finnegan, this afternoon described the formula produced by the EU Summit in relation to the Lisbon Treaty as a “political placebo – a meaningless and ineffectual fig-leaf to give the Irish government cover for putting exactly the same treaty before the Irish people in the Autumn that they had resoundingly rejected a mere 12 months ago”.

 

Mr. Finnegan said that the government, with the connivance of the pro-Lisbon media, had contrived to create the impression of a crisis EU summit where major concessions had been given to Ireland in key areas of the Lisbon Treaty when the reality was that there were no concessions, merely a well choreographed sideshow.

 

“The fact that the Lisbon Treaty remains utterly unchanged from the document signed by the EU heads of state two years ago at Lisbon is crystal clear from the fact that the document ratified without a vote of other EU countries is not being altered one iota.  If this were a product being sold in the shops anywhere in the European Union its manufacturers could be prosecuted under EU consumer laws”, said Michael Finnegan.

 

The Workers Party President accused Taoiseach Brian Cowen of being totally disingenuous in trying to link the current economic crisis to Lisbon.  “The Taoiseach wants to have it every way.  When trying to deflect the flak of his government’s handling of the economy and the banking bailout he says it is a worldwide economic crisis affecting every country but then he speaks out the other side of his mouth claiming that the failure to endorse Lisbon here is responsible for the economy’s woes. He is convincing nobody on that one”, said Mr. Finnegan.

 

Issued 19th June 2009

Peace, Work, Democracy & Class Politics