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On June 12 the Irish voted against The Lisbon Treaty. I wonder how much people understood what they might have been voting against or for. It's always been confusing seeing the good and the bad of European Union, but I think the 'no' vote is unfortunate. It may be part of how people learn about big messy confusing strategic direction across this vague place called Europe. Rather a helpful article here in a later Kathimerini 18 July 2008 and Wikipedia is instructive with many links, to including one that takes me to a report on levels of confusions, certainties and doubt among referendum voters:
The “no” voters were also presented with a list of the potential reasons for their decision, the responses were diverse and numerous – going from a lack of information about the treaty to, for example, a way of protesting against the government’s policies. A lack of information about “Lisbon” was the main reason for voting against the treaty (22% of all answers), followed by the desire to protect Irish identity (12% of all answers). Besides these two main rationales, “no” voters gave a number of other explanations – that together led to a multitude of reasons – these included a lack of trust in politicians in general; a wish to safeguard Irish neutrality in security and defence matters; the desire to keep an Irish Commissioner in every Commission; the need to protect the Irish tax system (in each case, 6% of all answers) as well as interpreting their vote as a vote against a “unified Europe” (5% of all answers).