Monday, April 26, 2004

Compare and Contrast

This message presents an interesting contrast to that posted below from Anthony Coughlin. Both from Ireland, they illustrate the extent of the yawning chasm between the sides. As always, though, the Europhiles combine lofty rhetoric with a lofty contempt. Eurosceptic arguments are “tabloid logic”.

According to the Scotsman, European Parliament President, Pat Cox, called for an end to a period of introspection. “The time has come politically to give the green light to the Constitutional Treaty and to equip the new European Union for its new challenges and aspirations. “It is time to draw a line under more than a decade of introspection.”

He was speaking at the invitation of Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume to invited guests from the political and academic worlds at the University of Ulster’s Magee campus in Londonderry.

Speaking about the UK referendum, he added that the decision had triggered a crucial debate for Britain and the EU. Echoing the line taken by Blair, he claimed: “People will be obliged to reflect on realities and not just on myths, they will be obliged to look at interests and not just emotional populist argument. If tabloid logic is confronted with real substance, I refuse to be pessimistic about the outcome.”

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