Thursday, May 26, 2005

Yes, Oui, Ja!

Some big votes on the horizon here in Europe - on the proposed Constitution that I have become vaguely familiar with in the course of studies. France (on May 29th) and Holland (on June 1st) will decide whether to approve the massive document by referendum.

The Times reports today that the French vote for the Constitution is likely already lost and the odds on www.sportsinteraction.com [specials, politics] have swung decidely toward both the NON (1.50 to 1) and NEE (1. 33) camps.

Though I have reservations, I would cast my ballot in favour on this issue. The aftermath here will be most fascinating one to follow in any case, though so expect much more analysis and European pundit opinion once the dust settles next week.


Blogger The Tiger said...

I'd vote no on a point of principle -- any time that there's a two hundred page constitution, it's not a good thing.

I want constitutions to do division of powers between levels of government and to protect the most fundamental of rights. That is all.

1:14 AM  
Anonymous erik said...

as a follow-up, and clearly not particularly relevant, Bhutan is also due to approve their first constitution, but have managed to limit themselves to a mere 46 pages. and even in that little space they have had space to regulate who elected officials can be married to, monarch retirement age, and conditions of citizenship....

for those so inclined, the full version can be found at: http://www.bhutan.gov.bt/pdf/draft_constitution_en.pdf

10:11 AM  

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