It seems a bit weird for Intel to be urging its Irish staff, all 4,200 of them, to vote for the Lisbon Treaty when it’s put before the Irish people for the second time in October.
“Intel Corporation’s management is supporting our Irish management team as we make our views clear that it is important for the country, and for multinational companies within the country, that Ireland remains a player at the heart of Europe”, says Jim O’Hara, General Manager of Intel Ireland.
The trouble with Intel’s advice is that every right thinking person in Europe is cheering on the Irish to do what they did last year, when they were first asked to vote on the Lisbon Treaty, and give it a second resounding raspberry.
The problem with the Lisbon Treaty is that it gives more power to the EC and less power to nation states.
This is in direct opposition to the principle of subsidiarity, meaning that decisions should be taken at the lowest possible level, which was made part of European law in the 1992 Treaty of Maastricht.
The Lisbon Treaty contains various stratagems for concentrating power in Brussels, like changing the majority voting rules on the EU Council, appointing a European Foreign Minister to co-ordinate European foreign policy and, worst of all, appointing a President of the European Council which could be the awful Mr Blair.
The Continentals have a penchant for dictators, and everything must be done to stop them indulging it.