I thought that support for a Yes vote in the second Lisbon referendum later this year would be higher. But the 52 per cent revealed in today’s poll (see story here) indicates to me that it’s all over bar the shouting.
Mary Lou McDonald said today that the poll was taken before the campaign has even started, or before the issues have been determined/thrashed out.
There has been a slight reality check since last summer called a worldwide depression of gargantuan proportions.
In my humble opinion, many people who voted No last year will vote YES before a ball is kicked in the campaign.Some of the issues are of substantial importance – military neutrality, sovereignty, and the democratic deficit – but they will be outflanked (and I’m not saying this is right; not at all) by the economic imperative.
People will view a No vote with the same eyes that they now view holiday homes in Bulgaria, expensive spa centres and stretch Hummer limousines – as a luxury we can no longer afford.
I also think that the Yes side will play on that. Vote No and you’ll cast us all into endless oblivion.