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Vive la France - after rejecting EU constitution

Sir, - Anyone at all interested in the rip-tide of history on which the ship of state is spinning - and our lives with it - will have searched in vain for anything better than a feeble, superficial analysis of the event that shook the smug towers of Brussels last Sunday.

All the French media, the French government, and all the senior politicians of Europe - with the honourable exception of the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus - tried, and failed, to make France vote "oui"; and now that their Humpty-Dumpty has fallen off the wall and smashed, they dare not examine the wreckage, which is much too revealing.

The most they will venture - beyond a defiant cry of "The ratification process must continue" - is to dismiss the result as an aberration of "internal French politics"; but the only truth in this is that the French, having studied politics and philosophy at school, are an unusually sophisticated electorate, and know an affront to democracy and sound reasoning when it is thrust down their throats.

Like their continental counterparts, the commentators of the British EU-philiac media scratch their heads and wonder how to avoid explaining the fact that both Left and Right, in France, voted against this EU constitution.

The explanation is all too simple: the Right hates big government, and the Left hates big business. The EU, as revealed at last, to the French, by this constitution, is a combination of big business and big government - the enemy of free public services and free enterprise. Only a minority of naïve sentimentalists were starry-eyed about this.

I would like to think that the French also realised that big business plus big government equals Big Brother, in the Orwellian sense.
STEVE REED
15 rue Peter Benoît
1040 Brussels, Belgium

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