Wow..well there ya go. Looks like a No.
Well done to the No campaigners, they were good. They had great posters and a consistent message. The Yes was continually on the defence and had to explain why the No’s were wrong. They never gave a positive vision of Europe.
Now, I can just see the Irish Times tomorrow, blaming Enda Kenny for the whole thing.
Let’s just get it straight.
Fianna Fail spent 6 weeks saying goodbye to Bertie Ahern and two weeks getting pissed to welcome in Brian Cowen. When the hangover passed they suddenly remembered there was a referendum going on and Declan Ganley was a household name. (Though I still exclude Dick Roche from this). Waking up on the last weekend before polling day wasn’t enough. Meanwhile Enda Kenny had worn himself out going up to and down the country to public meetings while Cowen was singing drunken ballads in Clara.
Enda, take pleasure in the fact that you are not Taoiseach. Rent a house in France or Italy and take six weeks off. I know this is bad for the country, but there’s nothing you can do about it. Relax and come back in September refreshed and ready to take on Cowen in the Dail. We’ve already seen how easily he loses it. So it’ll be great fun.