The fig leaf withers and dies

Our Labour government, and its Lib-Dem fellow travellers, have tried to pretend that the Lisbon Treaty is materially different from the European Constitution which preceded it.  This is the fig-leaf clutched at by Labour to justify their shameful volte face on their manifesto commitment to a referendum on the Constitution.  Yet those who have studied both documents, the Constitution and the Treaty, understand that they are functionally identical.
 
Pressed to outline the differences, defenders of the Treaty argue that it eliminates the pseudo-national symbols like the EU flag and the anthem.  Critics respond that this is a distinction without a difference — the use of the flag and the anthem will be exactly the same, whether or not they are mentioned explicitly in the Treaty.  And to prove the point, I have just received the following e-mail:
 
Hans-Gert Pöttering
President of the European Parliament
 
requests the pleasure of your company at the ceremony of the raising of the colours of the European Union, which will take place on the eve of the opening of the 7th legislature of the European Parliament, Monday 13th July 2009 at 3.30 p.m., on the “forecourt” of the Louise Weiss Building, European Parliament, Strasbourg.
 
The European flag will be raised by a detachment of the Eurocorps and the European anthem will be sung by the “Petits Chanteurs de Strasbourg” accompanied by the Philharmonic – Strasbourg Symphonic Orchestra.
 
Attendance from 3.00 p.m
R.S.V.P. Protocol Service
Protocole@europarl.europa.eu
 
The invitation card will follow.

 
Needless to say, I shall not be attending this event.  But I shall be happy to refer to it when the Euro-luvvies try to tell me that the Treaty and the Constitution are different.

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