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No doesn’t really mean no


23 December 2008

No doesn’t really mean no

Josie Appleton, del británico Manifesto club, recién ha presentado su fantástico librito “EU Phrasebook. 27 ways to say no doesn’t really mean no”. Un compendio de frases de políticos europeos de primer nivel que, de distintas maneras, niegan los resultados de los distintos referendums sobre los tratados europeos. Auténticas perlas que nos inidican cuál es el juego democrático que sustenta la base de la Union Europea.

Algunos ejemplos:

“The european Constitution was the victim and not the subject of the referendum”. Valéry Giscard

“I want to make it absolutely clear that, in my view, the No vote should not be interpreted as a vote against enlargement”. Bertie Ahern

“After all, it has happened in the past that member states have voted no and we’ve managed to move on with new referendums”. Fredrik Reinfeldt

“Such historic decisions cannot be made dependent on the whims of changing opinion polls or referendums”. Gerhard Schröder

Director of Index Foundation, Stockholm, exhibition curator and art critic. Yes, after Judith Butler it is possible to be several things at once. He thinks that questions are important and that, sometimes, to ask means to point out.

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