Former independent MEP for Munster, Kathy Sinnott is quoted in today’s Irish Times criticising the IFA for supporting Lisbon: “It is very, very sad to see the head of the IFA . . . now advocating that Europe have more and more control, and the [European] Parliament – which he was fighting all the time, a largely-urban parliament – to have more and more decision-making on farming.”
Interesting use of the the word “urban” there. There is a reason why the European Parliament is “largely urban.” That’s where most Europeans live, in urban areas, as indeed do most Irish people.
Surely a No campaigner who has constantly demanded “more democracy” in the EU accepts the idea that the vote of one farmer should be equal to the vote of one shopper? Is that not a democratic no-brainer? Or is she opposed to the idea of the “largely urban” population of our countries having a say equal to our numbers? Or should voting rights be calculated by the amount of land you own, or head of cattle?