Huh?

(The egregious) Denis MacShane:

The treaty of Lisbon has featured big in current European democratic consultation. President Sarkozy of France was handsomely elected on a platform of supporting the treaty and defying his opponents who made their call for a referendum a core part of the 2007 election campaign in France. Of course, we should not ignore the 800,000 Irish voters who voted no. But nor can we ignore the 20 million French voters who reversed their 2005 vote and voted oui for a president pledged to ratify Lisbon in France’s national assembly.

Mutatis mutandis, the solution to the current impasse, according to MacShane’s logic, is clear: Ireland should hold another general election, and provided we have a government mostly comprising either FF, FG, Lab, Greens or PDs, the voters will in fact be reversing their vote on the Lisbon treaty. Because that’s how democracy should work, you know.

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