On Thursday last Valéry Giscard D’Estaing, who played a key role during Ireland’s Lisbon Treaty referendum last year, debated with anti-treaty advocates in Dublin . He became a key figure during the campaign after Libertas quoted him as saying that the treaty meant that “public opinion will be led to adopt, without knowing it, the proposals we dare not present to them directly”.
The quotation was taken from an interview carried in French newspaper Le Monde but the next paragraph made clear that he believed that such an approach would be “unworthy” and only confirm European citizens “in the idea that the construction of Europe is organised behind their backs by lawyers and diplomats”.
Following the referendum campaign, Mr Giscard, who was a controversial figure during the work of the EU convention and strongly in favour of greater EU federalism, denounced Libertas founder Declan Ganley, claiming that he had deliberately misquoted him in a “dishonest” way. here
Declan Ganley, wrote that Mr Giscard had "boasted that 'public opinion will be led to adopt, without knowing it, the proposals we dare not present to them directly'."
Mr Giscard's next, unquoted paragraph, however, makes clear that he regarded such an approach as "unworthy" and likely to "confirm European citizens in the idea that the construction of Europe is organised behind their backs by lawyers and diplomats". here
A woman was ejected by Trinity College security from Thursday debate for circulating the below leaflet which uses the same quote from Le Monde which D'Estaing denounced Declan Ganley, for using to misquote him in a “dishonest” way. the leaflet declares that the EU is anti Democratic. Read it here
and anti democratic . Contain dishonest use of D'Estaing
quote: “public opinion will be led to adopt, without knowing it,
the proposals we dare not present to them directly”.
The leaflet also contains the web address www.wethepeopleofeire.com .
The domain name was created Tue, Jan 06, 2009 . Its admin details are not registered.
Therefore this is a NEW campaign and not old leaflets from the June's campaign.
Security did not apprehend the person who placed the below under seats at the meeting where D'Estaing debated Libertas's Caroline Simon and Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald.
This leaflet gives a web link to a very similar web address as leaflet one above www.wethe people.ie registered to a Harry O'Reilly registered also this January. The leaflet states that RFID (Radio frequecy ID cjips) are already inserted into Euro notes. It also states"
We have little time to sink Lisbon 2 and stop our kids from being chipped like cattle".
The sites download page includes the below leaflet. http://www.wethepeople.ie/download.html this page was last modified on 13 January 2008.
It also contains links to COIR an anti abortion group that it is strongly suggested were used by Libertas to campaign in the Lisbon referndum in Ireland. In November they accused Irish parliamentarians of treason here
Is this the start of Libertas's European campaign? These two recently created websites are spreading information and disinformation including the D'Estaing quote that Declan Ganley used dishonestly and out of context according toD'Estaing quote.
Another ruse that is employed is the availability of a downloadable version of this leaflet for people to print at home. The leaflet distributed at TCD on Thursday was professionally printed and guillotined/cropped. Though this was obvious I have been delayed making this post as I wished to have a professional printer concur with this view which he did on inspection of the leaflet.
Who is funding this campaign? Is it part of Libertas's campaign? They will deny this of course.
Ireland's Standards in Public Office should investigate these leaflets.
Update Within an hour of making this post a poster on machinenation posted a
high res image of piles of these leaflets awaiting distribution and the comment
The really funny thing here is that these leaflets will not be confined to Ireland. They'll be all over Europe. In fact, a little bird tells me, that they've already winged their merry way to parts foreign and have started to be handed out.see