So the French voted “Non” to the European Constitution. Two thoughts:
The “Oui” camp been saying that the result represents “the French answering the wrong question”, or is caused by “a reaction to an unpopular government”, implying that if people had really voted on the constitution and nothing else, they would obviously have approved it by a massive majority. Why can’t they accept that people voted against it because they didn’t like what it said?
Constitution supporters were and are warning of all sorts of dire consequences of a No vote. How can this be? We’ve just had following conversation:
Politicians: We’ve had a think, and here’s our idea of where Europe should be going.
Europeans: Actually, we don’t like that idea.
The next line should be:
Politicians: OK, we’ll go away and think again. If we can’t come up with anything we all agree on, that’s fine. We just won’t have any further integration in Europe, as it’s clear we don’t all want to go in the same direction.