Mark Steyn is going to have a difficult time parodizing the current EU mess. Was it only yesterday
that he wrote this:Only in totalitarian dictatorships does the ballot come with a pre-ordained correct answer. Yet President Juncker distilled the great flaw at the heart of the EU constitution into one straightforward sentence that cut through all the thickets of Giscard's unreadable verbiage. The American constitution begins with the words "We the people". The starting point for the EU constitution is: "We know better than the people."
Unfortunately, before the ink was dry on that joke, the Dutch took him up on it
.Unlike France's referendum, which was binding on the government, the Dutch vote is advisory. Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's governing party said Monday it will accept a "no" verdict only if turnout reaches at least 30 percent and if 55 percent of those who vote reject the charter.
But if Richard Delevan is correct
, the Dutch will exceed those numbers. Will Balkenende start moving the goalposts?