Well, I never would have imagined I would say this but, thank you Republic of Ireland for saving Great Britain from effective extinction!
Ireland's rejection of the EU Lisbon Treaty is quite simply a triumph for hundreds of millions of ordinary people across the rest of the European Union who have been denied a say on whether the European project is heading in the right direction by a bunch of arrogant, self-satisfying politicians - politicians who are so out of touch with public opinion that they simply don't understand we have had enough.
Earlier this year I organised the 'East Ren EU Choice' referendum in East Renfrewshire allowing the constituents of the Europe Minister, Jim Murphy MP, to voice their opinion of the EU Lisbon Treaty. They voted by 85% to 15% in favour of a binding UK-wide EU Lisbon Treaty Referendum, with a staggering 90% registering their intention to vote against ratification if they were allowed a vote.
I have no doubt that Jim will now tell the people of the UK that the Irish people have got it all wrong and that it is above ordinary people to understand the importance of ratifying this Treaty. I say that ordinary people across the whole of Europe are completely capable of making an educated decision on the merits of this Treaty and would overwhelmingly agree with the Irish people and say "NO", if only we were all allowed a vote.
Because, this Treaty is the EU Constitution that was overwhelmingly rejected by the French and Dutch people in 2005 by another name. It confers too many rights to unelected bureaucrats in Brussels and ends, once and for all, our nation states right to sovereign decision making through our domestic parliaments, ceding this right to Europe forever. 28 million British people of voting age have never been afforded an opportunity to vote on the type of Europe we want our country to be a part of and we deserve the right to record our opinion on this Treaty, (the EU Constitution by another name), as we were promised by our Labour government in the election manifesto they were elected on.
So thank you Ireland, you struck a blow today for ordinary people across the whole of Europe. We, like you, will hold our government to account for trying to enforce an EU Constitution on our country as soon as we get the chance - most probably at a General Election!