Here’s what the Political Editor of the Irish Times has this to say on the momentum of the latest polls regarding the Lisbon Treaty referendum:
THE LISBON Treaty could face a shock rejection with the No side now in the lead, according to the findings of the latest Irish Times /TNS mrbi poll.
It will take an unprecedented swing in the last week of the campaign for the treaty to be carried.
The poll shows the number of people intending to vote No has almost doubled to 35 per cent (up 17 points) since the last poll three weeks ago, while the number of the Yes side has declined to 30 per cent (down 5 points).
The number of undecided voters is still a significant 28 per cent (down 12 points) while 7 per cent won’t vote.
The massive increase by the No vote since the last poll has mainly come through gains among undecided voters but, even more ominously for the Yes side, it has lost some support to the No camp.
While the final outcome is still in the hands of undecided voters, the clear momentum is now with the No campaign and it will take a dramatic shift in public attitudes over the next few days for the Yes side to win.
The swing to the No camp has not been prompted by domestic considerations, with just 5 per cent of those opposed to the treaty saying they are influenced by a desire to protest against the Government.
I would hazard a guess that the momentum of the No campaign is driven by the underhanded way that those in power have attempted to question the motives and integrity of those who reject the power play of this pretend constitution.
In Ireland, dirty politics have been used against those who are leading the NO contingent:
During an attempt to assault activists who asked him a question in Dublin, a European MEP tripped and fell on his face and the entire incident was caught on camera, but that didn’t stop the media from reporting that an “anti-EU gang” of thugs had screamed abuse and assaulted Proinsias de Rossa — in a crass attempt to smear opposition to the European Union.
The video shows de Rossa being approached slowly by the cameraman and another We Are Change Ireland activist who asks, “Why did you do it?” to which de Rossa responds, “When are you going to grow up?”
Earlier, de Rossa had called for Irish citizens to support the sovereignty-stripping EU Lisbon Treaty, which is a re-packaged version of the European Constitution that was already summarily rejected by voters upon introduction.
The two begin walking down the street and de Rossa is the first to physically put his arm on the activist as he moves him out of the way to cross the street.
De Rossa then lunges for another cameraman and then begins running towards him.
De Rossa clearly then appears to trip and fall to the ground as he reaches out for the cameraman.
We Are Change Ireland flagged down a police van themselves to report the incident and, even as media reports are forced to admit, after questioning eyewitnesses, the police made no arrests. If anyone should have been arrested for assault it was de Rossa himself.
The video, including a slow motion portion, is below the fold.
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As I said concerning the poor Netherlands, in the post just below this one –
The current political structures in Europe can only be sustained if the flow of information is restricted. Since most media are either state-owned or in thrall to the same politically correct ideology shared by the elites who run the national governments and the EU, restriction is not difficult.
In fact, it is this convergence which ensures not only an iconic BBC-style uniformity of message, but also locks out any credible competing ideas.
Bearing that in mind, Wise Up Journal, which ran the video, quotes the Beeb’s usual and customary coverage of this event:
Under the headline Anti-EU gang assaults Irish MEP, the BBC reported, “Irish former minister Proinsias de Rossa was knocked to the ground after a public meeting in Dublin on Monday night, according to the Labour Party.”
The Labour Party being bastions of honesty, of course.
“Labour leader Eamon Gilmore said the MEP was confronted by a group of men who screamed abuse at him before knocking him over and pinning him down,” added the report.
Watch the video again. Who exactly knocks de Rossa to the ground? The invisible man? It is clearly de Rossa’s out of control temper and his shock at the audacity of citizens asking questions of a politician that led to him falling flat on his face.
The Associated Press seized on the purported “assault” to smear anti-EU groups.
“The episode highlighted hostility in Ireland’s hard left to the European Union, which requires a “yes” vote from Ireland for the treaty, the product of several years’ negotiations, to become law,” according to the report.
Again this reflects a fundamental ignorance of the fact that We Are Change Ireland was born out of the 9/11 Truth Movement, which revolves around the central issue of the 9/11 attacks, and not any prescribed political partisanship.
Why were the media so keen to perpetuate such a giant fraud and smear the activists as violent thugs while exalting the pro-EU MEP as an innocent victim?
Because a “no” vote in Ireland, the only EU member nation to allow a referendum on the issue, would signal the death knell for the Lisbon Treaty, and the press — especially the BBC who routinely propagandize for the expansion of the EU and have received over £141 million in loans and grants from Brussels — have to engage in dirty tricks and smear campaigns to try and reverse public opinion which has always been anti-European Union. [my emphasis — D]
Wise Up Journal has an archive page with a wealth of information on both the Lisbon Betrayal and related events in Ireland.
Éirinn go Brách!
Hat tip: ferdaigh