I note that the panel of Questions and Answers last Monday featured two pro Lisbon Treaty organisations – Fine Gael and Fianna Fail. There was no representation from the anti treaty side.
I note that the panel on The Late Debate last night featured two pro Lisbon Treaty organisations – Fine Gael and Fianna Fail. The pro treaty representatives on the show, Mary O’Rourke (FF) and Alex White (Lab.) made a strong attack on the strategies employed by the anti treaty side. There was no representation from the anti treaty side.
I note that RTE (9th report) gave wide coverage to the launch of a booklet by the Referendum Commission outlining the main points of the treaty.
An advertising campaign by the Referendum Commission warns voters that unless they know everything about the issue they will be voting in the dark. The problem with this is that voters are not being asked to vote on the Treaty as such but on an outline of the main points as interpreted by the Commission.
The Commission, an allegedly neutral authority, is not supposed to give a view one way or the other. That, unfortunately, didn’t stop the chairman of the Commission from telling the nation that important issues like taxation and neutrality will not be altered by the treaty.
“That’s our considered position and we have no option but to so state it.”
These two issues, neutrality and taxation, are two of the main planks of the anti treaty campaign. No anti treaty representatives were asked what they thought of the pro treaty views of the Commission.
I vaguely remember, back in the mist of time some sort of a law requiring the national broadcaster to ensure a strict balance of reporting for each side in a referendum – perhaps I was just dreaming.
Questions and Answers
The Late Debate