The Irish Times has recently become free to read online. Why should you be interested? Well, its one of the very few English language papers that are very pro-European. Well perhaps not pro but are more than willing to produce editorials offering glowing praise to other EU leaders
From the article
Mr Sarkozy displayed an extraordinary combination of activism, ambition and pragmatism in response. He knows how to use power in each of these respects, but is also willing to learn from his setbacks and mistakes. This has earned him the admiration of most other leaders for an effective French presidency which kept the EU in the forefront of these events.
Now, you may wonder why I'm compelled post this. Well the simple answer is after years of subscription, my beloved Economist is on the chopping block. I've decided that if it reports that the EU is putting pressure, some even say bullying, Ireland into a second vote of the Lisbon Treaty I'm going to cancel my subscription.
That assertion is just false. And they know it. Or at least should. Ireland is wildly pro-EU and every major party (even the odd small one) is as well. The only people pushing for a second referendum are our parties. The EU really could care less if 4 million yahoos out in the Atlantic join them or not.
So, given that over this last week Ireland has received assurances over the week, I will be reading the upcoming Economist with great interest. If it reports on this as badly as it has in the past, I'm done. Am I fair? Do the Economist have a point?