A friendly Irishman in Brussels has e-mailed me a link to the Spoofer’s Guide to How To Not Vote No to the Treaty of Lisbon. You can download the PDF here, and it’s linked from Ciaran Tolan’s website (a guy who looks a lot more serious than Jason O’Mahony who wrote the spoof guide).
I’m not sure you can easily make a Treaty fun and digestible, but the guide has a good go. I hope a few people have a read of it before they go to the polls next week in the referendum in Ireland.
Here are a few highlights:
“The EU is more of a Batman type superpower. Tortured by our dark history and self-loathing, unlike The Incredible Hulk we had to build all our incredible gadgets from scratch, and we wrack our consciences in endless debate before we ever act. But when we do, itâ€™s quite impressive. The Treaties and the European Court are our batmobile, getting us where we want to go, and our single market is our batarang. As President Bush discovered when he imposed steel sanctions on the EU, the dull thud of an EU trade blockade on the back of the head will slow even the hardiest of miscreants. Sometimes, 490 million people refusing to buy Microsoftâ€™s products is as powerful as an aircraft carrier.”
“Please note that we canâ€™t call the Foreign Minister that title as the British break out in hives at the prospect, hence the really catchy name of High Representative for Foreign Affairs.”
“A new rule that the Commission President must come from the winning party in European Parliament elections […] The Commission President is the guy in charge of the day to day running of the EU, and so, should, you know, maybe get the nod from the punters who actually pay for everything?”