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Without a hint of irony…

European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek has flown to Dublin to tell the Irish people to beware of ‘outside’ influences telling them how to vote in next month’s Lisbon Treaty referendum. He described the Lisbon No campaign as “made up of marginal groups…and some [located] outside your country”.

He then went on to say that he had no wish to “tell people how to vote”, before telling people how to vote by suggesting that the referendum should not be “used for domestic messages” to bash the Irish government.

We’ve talked about the various EU institutions’ penchant for meddling in the Irish referendum many times before but these remarks are a fine illustration of how seemingly intelligent people manage to lose all sense of reason and self-awareness.

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