Yesterday Irish voters sent a clear message to Brussels: we won’t be bullied into “ever closer union”.
And if you had any doubts left at all, the reaction from the political elite shows that the Irish people made exactly the right decision.
Since the no vote, Europe’s whole political elite has paraded in front of the cameras to say they won’t listen to Ireland.
Next week at the European Council, a coalition of the small countries: Ireland, the Czech Republic, maybe Denmark and Sweden, will call for the treaty to be dropped. But they will come under intense pressure from the big members to carry on regardless.
Surprisingly perhaps, Britain will be in the bullying posse, calling for the Treaty to go ahead. Having denied the British people a referendum on the text, Gordon Brown is intensely embarrassed by the Irish vote. Like a man caught with his pants down, Brown plans to try and hurry the Treaty through the British Parliament before next Wednesday.
We had a moment of hope last night when Ed Davey appeared on the box to say that Gordon Brown should not go ahead with ratification. But today the Lib Dems are telling journalists that they will, despite this, vote for ratification in the Lords. (which they have the votes to stop)
So there are two possibilities:
1) Nick Clegg is so weak he can't even stand up to an old woman like Shirley Williams
2) Nick Clegg is a deeply unprincipled euro-scumbag who says one thing and does another.
Dear reader - which do you think it is?