"Would you sign a contract that the other side could change at will?"
Declan Ganley is Chairman of the free market think tank Libertas and Chairman and CEO of Rivada Networks designing and deploying broadband public safety communications networks. He led the Irish campaign against the Lisbon Treaty, which as you know resulted in a resounding victory.
Last night he spoke to a standing-room only crowd in central London.
He pointed out that the details of the implementation of the treaty are still locked up in Brussels as the EU did not want to give help to the Irish No vote.
Worse, Article 48 makes the Treaty self-amending, so there will be no need to refer to the people again once the Lisbon Treaty is in place.
Declan asked, "Would you sign a contract that the other side could change at will, and that your solicitor hadn't read?"
Holding a copy of the Lisbon Treaty, he described it as "an appallingly bad form for governing".
He insisted that "The European project will continue to run aground if they ignore democracy, accountability and transparency." And, "Gordon Brown must consign this wretched treaty to the dustbin of history."
"The people spoke with a strong voice, and that voice must be heard."
He believes that the No vote won because "We appealed to common sense and decency and gave the people a new vision of hope and democracy."
Superb organization was part of the success. Ganley is a runner, and he expects everyone to arrive on time with their mission accomplished.
Born in Watford, he moved to Ireland when he was twelve, and learned an unforgettable lesson about freedom while travelling in eastern Europe. "I saw how a society is retarded by an elite cut off from its citizens," he recently told the Observer. "I witnessed how inherently undemocratic socialism was and that is why I don't want an overweening EU. It's just another form of state interference."