Despite the French “No” to the EU constitution, the sun came up the next day, and world continued to spin round the sun. And it occurred to me that – as someone who thinks he’d probably say Yes, though without being entirely sure why – perhaps a No wouldn’t be such a terrible thing after all.
In retrospect, I’m amazed that the EU politicians generated a 400-plus-page document and expected their citizens to accept it. How could we little people accept it? They wouldn’t assume we’d read it. They haven’t put together any coherent campaigns to explain it. They must have assumed we’d take their word for it. Or…
…Or perhaps they thought it wasn’t their job. Last night I heard someone who I think was an EU commissioner saying essentially, “It’s not our fault the French No campaign won. It’s the French politicians’ fault. It was their job to sell it to their people.” And today we have a report in which another EU diplomat says:
We will want to know if [Jacques Chirac] believes the French people have spoken or whispered [...] It is a legitimate question to ask the French what happens next. They have created this problem, so what are they going to do about it?
Well, no. You’re responsible for the document’s inception, you’re responsible for the document’s content, you’re the one who wants it accepted. Washing your hands of it now is arrogant and irresponsible. If you think European citizens would sign up to such a dense document without any effort on your part then you are also seriously out of touch.
I’m inclined to vote No until the EU politicians start understanding the citizens under whose grace they work.