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With less than five weeks to go, the debate on the Lisbon Treaty gathers momentum. In Ireland, two very big companies, INTEL (Ireland) and Ryanair, have announced that they will be promoting a Yes vote. Having been a consumer advocate for so long, my reaction was a bit mixed. I am not anti-business, quite the… » read more

Posted by Jim Murray

I said earlier that I might do an occasional post on the theme of “With Friends like this, who needs enemies?” I hoped I would not have to. Unfortunately Commissioner McCreevy joined the debate. The No websites are giving great prominence to the Commissioner’s statement in June that 95% of the member states would have… » read more

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No does not always mean No

“Soyez bienvenue! Je peux vous offrir un café, un verre peut-etre? No, merci, c’est gentil. D’accord. Asseyez-vous”. This was a typical greeting from friendly Belgian people, when I first moved to Brussels in 1990, but it was a culture shock for me. Things are different in Ireland. In Ireland, the conversation would go like this.… » read more

Posted by Jim Murray