What a rubbish weekend this has been. I am surprised at how much the Irish voting 'Yes' to Lisbon has affected me.
It means so much, the difficulties now created for the Conservative party, the prospect of Blair as leader, the defeat of democracy in Europe.
Taking each at a time. The Conservatives, who have had a wholly fixed policy in reality for a while, now have to face a difficult time. In effect, I doubt there is much they can do. The Lisbon treaty is so strong that re-negotiation can simply be denied by the new Government. For a party which the UK desperately need to take over from the utterly failed Labour party, this distracting and bad news.
For Tony Blair, the man who led a Government that invented the idea of an ethical foreign policy and then proceeded to take the country to war with a document of lies, there is joy. Unelected he can be happy to lead the new Europe to his destination (of nowhere in particular, judging by his record). What it is for the UK is a very unpopular Prime Minister lauded to high office for no good reason. This follows in the recent footsteps of Mandelson and the Kinnock's.
Finally and most jarringly, there is now a non-Democratic Government running Europe with no intention of ever allowing direct democracy have a real say. Britain shed so many lives in two World Wars to fight for freedom, yet our elected politicians see fit to vote it away, against what they know is the will of the people (hence no referenda here). Across Europe, the self-satisfied elites who care little for Joe Average, will have their nepotistic way for generations to come. I am 34 and have never been consulted on whether I want the UK to dismantle itself in favour of a European Super state. For the 'cradle of democracy' that is simply a disgrace on our political system.
It is a sad state of affairs indeed.