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RIP Democracy in Portugal - 25 April 1974 - 10 Jan 2008 - No Flowers Please

Portugal yields on EU treaty referendum - Times Online

A referendum on the controversial redrafted EU constitution was ruled out by Portugal yesterday after pressure from Gordon Brown and President Sarkozy.

The decision by Portugal not to hold a referendum but to ratify the treaty through its parliament will come as a huge relief to Downing Street and the Élysée Palace, which feared extra pressure on them to hold a public vote. The revelation of top-level phone calls will, though, only increase suspicions that the European political elite have coordinated efforts to avoid a repeat of the referendums in France and the Netherlands in 2005...

As with Labour’s last manifesto, Mr Sócrates had promised a referendum on the EU constitution during election campaigning. Like Mr Brown, Mr Sócrates argued yesterday that the pledge no longer applied...

And to think it was only in 1974 that the Portugese overthrew an authoritarian dictatorship to establish a democracy. It was nearly bloodless that time, let's hope it is again the next time.

(Worstall - get planting those carnations...)

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Why hope it's bloodless? These utter /cunts/ deserve everything that's coming to them....

Why hope it's bloodless? These utter /cunts/ deserve everything that's coming to them....

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