Was some Brussels official having a bit of a private joke when they got Ireland and Greece to sit down and sign the Fiscal Compact Treaty side by side this morning? It’s probably just alphabetical order but it doesn’t look great. One country that will be put to the pin of its collar to comply with the treaty’s terms alongside another that probably has no intention of meeting its strictures.
Anyway now that it is signed we have to weigh up the pros and cons and vote. This is my four minute long “cut out and keep guide” to the Fiscal Compact. You could listen to it or you could (perish the thought) read the thing.
However you feel about it, unlike any other EU Treaty (and I’ve had the misfortune to read them all) it’s short, it’s in English and you’ll understand it.
I reckon if you skip the preamble and just concentrate on the important articles III – VIII it’ll take about as long as listening to my report. This could be the first time we vote where a significant proportion of us have actually read what we are voting on …. couldn’t it Charlie McCreevy?