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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.
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.
notes from no w here
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."
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