I took part in Seven Days today, the BBC Radio Ulster show which was being broadcast from Dublin today – a special on the Lisbon Treaty. (It’s the awful BBC iplayer though!)
Pat Carey, FF Government Whip (no relation) and John McGuirk from Libertas were on too. I thoroughly enjoyed the debate. I went gung ho in favour of the treaty and with Pat Carey also pro-Treaty I thought John McGuirk did a great job fending us off. He was also funny when we started to get teary eyed over the prospect of President Obama.
On the way to the Buswell’s I listened to the Marian Finucane show on RTE and what fun they had! Dermot Ahern was passionate! and got stuck into Eamon Dunphy, who considered getting morally outraged, though Gemma Hussey put manners on him (“Oh come off it Eamon”). Well worth listening back to. Also worth listening to was that Petrol Resources fellow, David whathisname. He explained why oil prices spiked last week and what the future might hold. It was most interesting.
I am off to the US in the morning and sadly leaving the debate behind me.
I really hope this treaty is passed. Europe has done great things for us, but an EU of 27 needs to work better and faster. Dermot Ahern gave a great example on RTE about how the current procedures prevented EU forces from entering Chad for months after the decision had been taken to intervene. People complain that we are ceding sovereignty to Brussels. Bring it on I say. Whether its equality issues, competition ones, the environment or trade, the EU beats up our government to introduce progress and positive change.
Look at it like this:
In favour, FF, FG, Labour, The Greens, IBEC, ICTU, the IFA, and good old Suds.
Against: Sinn Fein, Joe Higgins ( I love you Joe but you’re wrong on this one), nutter far right conservatives.
C’mon!!!!! Do the right thing!