In the 14th June 2008 my post entitled "Why Irish Noes are smiling" opened:
The result of the Irish referendum on whether or not to
ratify the EU Lisbon treaty was a resounding "no" to more big government and
"yes" to more national democracy.
The mandarins of Brussels dsapproved so the citizens of Ireland were urged to vote again and come up with what Brussels deemed should be the 'right' result ie a 'yes'; which alas they have just done.
My own enthusiasm some years back, about joining the EC and the Euro has been diminishing in proportion to the increased involvement of the EC in individual private and professional lives.
A couple of years ago after many interesting discussions with a British FO friend his arguments against the UK joining the Eurozone prevailed in my own thinking and I switched from being pro to being agin the Euro. Now I'm fast reflecting on whether UK membership EC itself should be brought to an end. By all means let us have a club of nations with the common aim of exchanging and developing trade, education, arts and charity links with each other and the world at large but let not that club spawn huge bureaucracies and out of touch big government.
If the EC delusions of grandeur begin to manifest themselves in a highly paid pointless post
such an EU president, for some former political grandee, then the time will have come for dissolution or at least a graceful withdrawal by the UK.
EDIT: Post title altered to mirror "Irish Noes..." post of June 2008.
Also to add that a good yardstick for measuring meaningful more mandarin free democracy in the EC, would be whether any EU President is appointed undemocratically or elected democratically after an EU-wide poll.