David Cameron has said that if he is elected prime minister this year, he will call a referendum on the Lisbon treaty, which means that we will have a bizarre scenario whereby Sinn Fein will be campaigning in the North alongside the DUP, the Tories, the BNP and UKIP, against Labour, the Lib Dems and Alliance, the SDLP and the Greens. Talk about needing a shower.
I look forward to Sinn Fein trying to explain to their voters how the Tories (Who think the treaty is too pro-workers rights) the DUP (Who think the EU is, well, full of taigs.) the BNP (Great friends of Irish nationalism, them.) and UKIP ( One former UKIP MEP referred to Ireland as “a land of peasants, priests and pixies.” Lovely people.) share the same analysis of the EU that Sinn Fein does, or how a rejection of a treaty which will be cheered by the worst kind of little Englander thatcherites is somehow good for Irish progressives.
The fact is, the great majority of opponents of the EU across Europe are the hard right.
A No vote will be a victory for the hard right.