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My general impressions:

It is a bit "scatter-gun" - I think you are trying to touch way too many bases.

You take some swipes at Sarkozy and the French (not Sarkozy's) presidency, with the explicit claim that someone else could have done better. You also join the chorus that the ECB should have cut interest rates earlier and faster. Variations on both assertions are also used as "No" talking points and, frankly, I think both are fairly questionable (nota bene: zero economic expertise).

Personally, I am more sympathetic to "the EU - you don't know how good you've got it" rather that "the EU - it can do better" line of argument (particularly in respect of the financial crisis) - although I accept it would probably tend to get peoples backs up.

by det on Wed Nov 26th, 2008 at 03:41:51 AM EST
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We've got the EU as it currently is (however good or bad) right now.  That argument (for the status quo) implies a no vote.  You've got to be able to argue that the EU under Lisbon would be better.

Nothing personal about Sarkozy (or the French)  the point is we need a full time Presidency.  Sarkozy HAS been very confused, sometimes against, sometimes for bail-outs, at first not consulting smaller members, then calling a special council when he adopted the Brown strategy.   From an Irish perspective, the ECB, too, has had its head in the clouds, with a very unrealistic take on how the real world economy was developing.

But the general point isn't about the French or the obsession with just the French/German economies.  It is about having a full-time leadership at EU level and the more decisive leadership that Lisbon would enable.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Nov 26th, 2008 at 04:21:58 AM EST
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It is a bit late for me to say it now, but if you are making an explicit pro-Lisbon argument, you really should avoid this wording: "It's time we put the Lisbon Treaty behind us."

by det on Thu Nov 27th, 2008 at 05:04:17 AM EST
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Navigation on the Indo site is truly awful...

notes from no w here
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Nov 27th, 2008 at 07:52:20 AM EST
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