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Ireland: The EU’s Malign Institutions Kill The Nation State

THE extraordinary editorial in The Irish Times yesterday asks “whether this is what the men of 1916 died for: a bailout from the German chancellor with a few shillings of sympathy from the British chancellor on the side”, writes Richard North.

“There is the shame of it all,” it says. “Having obtained our political independence from Britain to be the masters of our own affairs, we have now surrendered our sovereignty to the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. Their representatives ride into Merrion Street today.”

But its one of their commenters, Bryan O’Donoghue, who reminds the newspaper that it has been consistent cheer-leader for the project. Not least, we ourselves can recall, it was a voluble supporter of the Lisbon treaty. Thus asks O’Donoghue: “Has this paper once openly opposed a European integration step, no matter how undemocratic or how much power it concentrates in the hands of the EU3?”

“Why,” he then asks, “now turn around a[nd] criticise the power that has been handed to Europe due to successive treaties, unions and economic arrangements, that the IT, is a principal supporter of?”

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Posted: 19th, November 2010 | In: Politicians | Comment (1)