[Marxism] Have Irish workers and peasants defeated the Lisbon treaty?

Dan Russell proletariandan at gmail.com
Fri Jun 13 11:06:06 MDT 2008


http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSL1325516520080613

Its official, 'No' has won. What delicious irony that the ONE country who
held a democratic referendum rejected the treaty!

On Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 9:52 AM, Darren Cogavin <darrencogavin at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Peasants? We call them farmers here Johannes. Folks like my dad would give
> you a kicking for saying that!
>
> Reminds me of a story about the Hoxhaists who ran a candidate in a rural
> constituency along the border during the seventies. The candidate met two
> farmers turning the hay during a canvass and told them of his support for
> the "national liberation struggle", which resonated with people in the
> area. With the farmers lending their ears, the candidate, obviously
> a student from the city, then made the mistake of referring to the
> local farmer community as "peasants". The farmers didn't take kindly to
> this
> and chased him down the boreen.
>
> The political establishment have now conceded they have lost the
> referendum.
> The Irish people, including a majority of workers, have struck a temporary
> blow against neo-liberalism which has become the dominant paradigm in the
> EU over the past decade. Another notable factor was widespread opposition
> to
> increased militarisation, though the left were too timid to raise Irish
> troops supplementing French imperialism in Chad. To borrow a platitude from
> our former Prime Minister, "A *Lot Done*, *More To Do"*
>
> Here's an early report from an Irish socialist based in New Zealand -
>
> http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.com/2008/06/irish-voters-reject-establishment-and.html
>
> I'll post more reports as they're published.
>
> Darren
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