Sadly, but predictably, the EU swatted aside your referendum result and imposed the treaty anyway. Which, in microcosm, is Europe’s tragedy. Closer integration is thought to matter more than either what the rules say or what the voters ask for. That attitude has turned a majority of British people against the EU. While we want trade and co-operation with our neighbours, we don’t want to be part of a European state that keeps extending its powers.It has long been known that groups make better decisions than individuals - who hasn't at some time prioritised a list of survival aids, at first individually and then in a group?* - and the average of all the guesses at a pig's weight will be closer to the reality than any individual guess. This has never prevented zealous politicians from bucking public opinion. Generally when either (a) they think they can get away with it or (b) their estimated personal gain outweighs their personal loss. For Blair, being regarded as a statesman with cojones by George Bush was more important than the ridicule, disbelief and opprobrium of those of us who marched ten years ago, on 15th February 2003.
And so with the Euphiles. And I mean Euphiles. I myself am a Europhile - I love Europe. I love its peoples, its culture, its food, its architecture, its common heritage, its cultural diversity, its trains, its art, music and drama, its literature and poetry, its history and the richness of its land. It's just the EU I loathe. And I loathe it for just the reason Hannan has outlined - that Euphile zealots are not only deaf to democracy, they fear and abhor it. But there is an additional dimension here, for not only do they imagine like Blair that a fully federal Europe will benefit them personally, they believe with all the strength of an asylum of Scientologists that everyone will benefit - if they just surrender these notions of democracy.
Slavoj Žižek is amongst a growing number of London-based Euro academics given column space in the Guardian to warn against Euphilia. Yesterday he warned of the existential threat to European democracy posed by the federasts. Not only are they dangerously mistaken as to the course to follow for European prosperity, their actions are making things far worse.
And indeed there are many unknowns as to the various outcomes of tighter or looser integration, of a two-tier Europe, of a British exit, of a new Mitteleuropa. It may prove that democratic decisions don't always get it right on narrow measures - but they will get it a lot more right overall than the alternative. Whether right or wrong, democracy is always right.
* sadly, the results of this game much favoured by management consultants are often buggered when the group contains one or more who have either done their sea survival course or have served in HM armed forces