Well, it’s done. In what an anti-Referendum Socialist called ‘the cruelest of ironies’ because it took place in Versailles, the French Parliament has just voted to essentially ignore the wishes of the French public which earlier rejected the European Constitution. Perpetuating a myth unfortunately perpetuated by most of the international media, President Sarkozy, fast revealing himself as a master of slight of hand sans pareil, sidestepped the need for another referendum by calling the Constitution a treaty, supposedly ratifiable by a simple vote of parliament, supposedly simplified, supposing that the French public’s primary objection to the Constitution was that it was too long. In fact, the French voted no out of well-placed fear that the Constitution would force France to replace hard-won labor-friendly social protections with those favoring the multi-nationals and conforming to a mean newly lowered by the recent admission to te EU of Eastern European states. (Another myth: The French have nothing against the Polish plumber, they just would have preferred to raise his standards to theirs.)
February 4, 2008
If it talks like a Constitution….
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