> There are good reasons for this - I'm told that one of the reasons
> Germany doesn't have referenda is bad memories of referenda being used
> in the 1930s.
>Good reasons perhaps for Germany, if the Germans so choose, everyone
else however is another matter.
Which highlights the problem with Lisbon (and Nice before it), either
forcing our methods on the Germans or have their methods forced on us.
The U.S. doesn't have this problem, one group of states cannot by a
majority force laws on another state. But this is exactly what we
already have (from Nice), and which will be made even worse from Lisbon.
> It's a very strange religion that is based on the Irish constitution.
> Usually those of a religious bent prefer other, older texts, such as
> the Bible or the Koran.
>Our right to religious freedom is protected by our constitution, you
probably know that there were (and still are) a good number of countries
where this is not the case. Communist China (more so in Mao's time than
today), the Soviet Union, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar etc. So it's pretty
> As for the point about Nice - the number of votes cast against the
> Nice treaty barely moved from the first to the second referendum.
> What happened in the first referendum was the yes voters all assumed
> they didn't need to vote. In between, there was a general election
> held in which a key manifesto promise was to do a rerun of the Nice
> treaty. So I don't quite understand your complaint.
>Have you managed to find a single political party that represents all
your views? I haven't and don't imagine you have either, which brings up
a very good reason to have referendums in the first place, because a
government won't represent the peoples views on all (possibly even most)
And the main issue in the general election was the economy, not Nice or
any other treaty. There are a lot of FF supporters who didn't like Nice,
and the same goes for FG (an extremely pro EU party).
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Sun Microsystems Ireland.
Email: james.mccarthy at sun.com
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