Surely a red card is justified for this patronising display?

21 August, 2009

I’m looking at the photo today on page 7 of the Irish Times of the outsize red and yellow cards being brandished by campaign director Pat Cox and (Ireland for Europe chairwoman) Prof Brigid Laffan.  The caption says that they were at the Office of the Referendum Commission in Dublin yesterday to urge red and yellow penalty cards for those “who tell lies” about the Lisbon Treaty.

Am I alone in feeling patronised by this toytown approach to the Lisbon debate? My only surprise is that Mr Smug himself, our Minister for European Affairs, isn’t present to add his (considerable) weight.

This adds to my annoyance that Prof Laffan’s organisation, by virtue of its title, assumes that anybody who is against the Lisbon Treaty must be against Ireland’s full participation in the EU (I am assuming that when when they say “Ireland for Europe”, they mean the EU and not the geographical entity….).  This is emphatically not the case.

And while I’m at it, how come the Referendum Commission is allowing its offices to be used in this way by one particular side of the argument?

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