by Frank Schnittger
Fri Jun 20th, 2008 at 05:17:36 AM EST
Letter to the Editor:
Madam - Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, former Foreign Minister of Denmark, is right to say that the time has come for Ireland to withdraw from the EU and allow the other 26 Members to continue its development through the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty. This possibility is in any case provided for under the "Enhanced Cooperation" provisions of the Nice Treaty to which we are a party. Effectively the other 26 Members would form a new EU based on the Lisbon Treaty and Ireland would be left on its own in the empty shell of the old EU-27. Ireland would become the new Atlantis, lost beneath the waves of rising sea levels somewhere between Boston and Berlin.
DANA ROSEMARY SCALLON (Letters, June 14) would have her wish that "the primacy of Ireland's Constitution" would be reasserted and we could all go back to the blissful poverty of 1970 when we had "All kind's of Everything" - except jobs, incomes, equality or religious tolerance. The Irony is that the eurokeptic UK would, like the other 26 members, "follow the money" and be part of the new EU whilst we would be outside, pure and holy, no doubt dancing at the cross-roads, and sending our young people to look for work abroad. Oh I forgot - without the EU they would have no right to work abroad.
Some local references which might require some clarification:
- DANA ROSEMARY SCALLON won the 1970 Eurovision song context with a song called "All kinds of anything" in which she epitomised the old DeValera vision of a pure and holy rustic Ireland with "comely maidens dancing at the cross-roads". She later became a Catholic activist in Ireland, a Christian Broadcaster in the US, and then an Irish MEP (1999-2004).
- Mary Harney, former Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and current Minister for health, was the leader of the tiny neo-liberal Progressive Democrat party who said that Ireland was "spiritually probably a lot closer to Boston than Berlin."
She has championed the introduction of American style private for profit health care provision sometimes within the public health care system itself.