From the Irish Daily Mail
The EU: despotism in action

It has long been evident that nothing, but nothing, is to get in the way of the EU Constitution. The EuroNabobery has long decided that we shall have it, whether we like it or not, and that the people of Europe are not to be allowed a single chance to derail Le Grand Projet. A leaked email shows how Irish democracy is to be subverted.

This is the text of an article from the Irish Daily Mail of today:

The Government has hatched an elaborate plan to deceive voters over the forthcoming EU treaty referendum, the Irish Daily Mail can today reveal.

A leaked email shows that ministers are planning a deliberate campaign of misinformation to ensure the treaty vote is passed when it is put to the public as required by the Constitution.

The document also shows that the Government is considering a last-minute change in the date of the referendum – slated for June 12 – to catch out ‘No’ campaigners.

Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern has even been personally assured that the European Commission will ‘tone down or delay’ any announcements from Brussels ‘that might be unhelpful’.

Alarmingly, the email says that Ministers ruled out an October referendum, which would have been better procedurally, because they feared ‘unhelpful developments during the French Presidency – particularly related to EU defence’.

This suggestion will raise grave fears that the State’s constitutional commitment to military neutrality could be undermined by the Lisbon treaty – a rehashed version of the failed EU Constitution.

The memo was sent to the British Government by Elizabeth Green, a senior UK diplomat in Dublin, following a briefing from Dan Mulhall, a top official in the Department of Foreign affairs.

Its aim was to relay to her political masters in London the lengths to which the Irish government was going to ensure a “yes’ vote in the referendum.

Ireland is the only EU state which is allowing voters a say on the treaty, and European heads of state are terrified that they will reject the treaty.

Campaigners say that the new treaty could remove Ireland’s powers to decide its own tax rates and social policies.

However the most controversial aspect from an Irish point of view is the likelihood that the treaty will be used to advance the concept of a ‘European army’, which would violate the principle of neutrality which has been a foundation-stone of the State.

France is particularly keen to advance the notion of an EU force, which critics fear could be ordered into action over Irish objections by a majority vote of EU heads of state.

Already concerns have been raised that the Irish peacekeeping force being sent to Chad could be compromised by French political and military objectives in the area.

The leaked email admits that this is one of the issues which needs to be kept from Irish voters, saying that the possibility of the French speaking out on this issue meant the referendum could not be delayed until the autumn.

It states: ‘Mulhall said a date in October would have been easier from a procedural point of view.

But the risk of unhelpful developments during the French Presidency – particularly related to EU defence – were just too great. Sarkozy was completely unpredictable.’

The Irish official also worried that the latest World Trade Organisation talks, which have already aroused the fury of Irish farmers, could turn the voters against the new treaty. Farmers are suppliers are planning a one-day shutdown this week to protest at the tack taken by EU trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson.

The email said that Mulhall was concerned about ‘a WTO deal based on agricultural concessions that could lead the powerful farming association to withdraw its support.’

However Irish ministers appear to be basing their hopes on the fact that the treaty cannot be read or understood by most voters – and that launching a snap referendum would stop them from doing so.

‘Most people would not have time to study the text and would go with the politicians they trusted,’ it says.

And it points out that the Government plans to keep people from analysing the detail, saying the ‘aim is to focus the campaign on overall benefits of the EU rather than the treaty itself.’

It then explains the details of the referendum Bill, which it says was ‘agreed following lengthy consultation with government lawyers and with the political parties’.

However it admits that the Bill is ‘largely incomprehensible to the lay reader.’

The memo refers to plans to fool campaigners over the date, which has been widely touted as falling on June 12.

The memo states: ‘Irish have picked 29 May for voting but will delay an announcement to keep the no camp guessing… the Taoiseach and Ahern saw a slight advantage in keeping the no camp guessing.’

And it adds that the EC was doing its best to keep any bad news from the Irish public. ‘Mulhall said other partners – including the Commission – were playing a helpful, low-profile role.

It said that during a trip to Dublin, Vice-President Margot Wallstrom ‘had told Dermot Ahern that the Commission was willing to tone down or delay messages that might be unhelpful.’

The leaked email also points out that most Irish media have been supine on the issue, saying: ‘Mulhall remarked that the media had been relatively quiet on the ratification process so far. We would need to remain in close touch given the media crossover.’

A Government spokesman refused to comment on the leaked email last night – merely saying: ‘The date is set by the Taioseach, there is no change in that’.

In the face of this which has not been disavowed by the Irish Government, who can now deny that the process of getting the Treaty of Lisbon ratified across the EU involves a conspiracy by the EU and individual governments against their own people, a conspiracy to subvert the democratic rights of the people of the EU to decide how they shall be governed in future?

And do not the lengths to which they will go indicate just how bereft of political legitimacy this Treaty is?

The conspiracy runs deep: who can doubt but that there are hundreds of emails like this which have passed between the Foreign Ministries of the EU which have sought to facilitate the perversion of the democratic process and the wholesale deceit of the sovereign people?

When people conspire against the lawful government of the land, it is called ‘Treason’: when the lawful Government conspires against ITS people, why should we call it anything different?

Hattip: Iain Dale,