Ireland-for-EuropeSo, Ireland has voted in their second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. And it appears they have voted resoundingly in favour.

Two observations:

1. It’s just as well they got the answer right this time as it would have been expensive and embarrassing to keep going until they did.

2. Isn’t it amazing how principle goes out of the window when the money gets hit and you realise you might have been better off ‘in’ Europe after all? The credit crunch made all the difference and either (a) the Irish lost their sentimentality and got real, or (b) the Irish lost their independent nerve and chickened out.

It will now be interesting to see what happens next – and if President Blair actually materialises in due course.

Interesting times…