Tuesday, December 18, 2007

You can fool all of the people...

The original European Constitution was some 349 pages in length and one of the selling points for the Reform Treaty—one of the "proofs" that it was not the Constitution but a "mini-Treaty" (©Mr Sarkozy)—was that the Reform Treaty was only 287 pages.

Since the Reform Treaty was 62 pages shorter than the Constitution, it couldn't possibly the same, could it? Er...
Jens-Peter Bonde MEP, Co-President of the Ind/Dem Group in the European Parliament happened to be in the room as the Heads of Government signed the Treaty of Lisbon (that is apart from Macavity Brown of course).

Next to him was one of the functionaries who drew up the Lisbon Treaty. This fellow was unaware of the political sympathies of Mr Bonde and was disarmingly dishonest. At one point he chuckled and said,
"You know how we made the Treaty smaller than the Constitution?"....

"We changed the font size..Hah ha, so the Treaty is now truly shorter than the Constitution".

Really? Can this be true? Could our lords and masters in Brussels hold us in that much contempt? Er...
I checked this, and having gone to the Council website I can say that this is not entirely true. They did not change the font size; they changed the line spacing.
So here is Exhibit one, from the Constitution of 2004, p.11


And here is the same text in the Treaty, p.12


So I checked a couple of other things, like the word count of the two documents.
The Constitution comes in at 67,850 words, and the Treaty 76,250, a full 8,500 words longer.

That's right: the Treaty of Lisbon is, in fact, 8,500 words longer than the original EU Constitution, they simply dropped the line spacing. And the order to do so was a direct instruction from the Council of Ministers to the drafters of the Treaty.

One might almost say that the Treaty of Lisbon is the EU Constitution with fucking knobs on, but I think the fucking knobs were busy signing it...

9 comments:

WHY DON'T THEY JUST DIE!!!! said...

Cunts the lot 'em. It really is that simple.

Mark Wadsworth said...

What WD says. Good research!

Neil said...

The problem is there are people out there who think length is the same as content. A short constitution could easily be much worse than a longer treaty
And yes, they are probably the same group stupid enough to fall for this kind of trick
It is a shame our politicians are sinking to this level though

vervet said...

"Politics is no longer left or right, it's authority or freedom."

Ian Parker-Joseph

If you value freedom .....

http://thejournal.parker-joseph.co.uk/blog/_archives/2007/12/1/3385439.html

Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

Most valuable post, DK. I'll bookmark this one.

Anonymous said...

That is fucking breathtaking.

Not a sheep said...

Excellent work DK, well done indeed. The sheer brass necked cheek of the Euro elite is breathtaking

mitch said...

My take for what its worth on the eu is that here people think its some silly train set for the politicians to play with and has no real bearing on their lives except for silly "straight banana" stories.When the eu starts dictating real changes then people will fight back,we can take a lot of shit in this country but when we fight we mean it think poll tax riots.
Ole cyclops doesn't yet know what he has done.

Anonymous said...

DK

Any thoughts on this, this or this? Given that Parker-Jones is the leader of the Libertarian Party, perhaps you'd care to comment.