“We’re a sovereign nation, start respecting that fact…”

Over on Brassneck I’ve picked up on the Open Europe poll that came up with a 71% majority against a second poll on Lisbon. On Sunday morning Lorraine McNamara Mullaly of Open Europe went up against Minister of State for European Affairs Dick Roche on the Wide Angle programme on Newstalk. She ends up taking a roasting for being part of a British think tank interfering in Irish affairs. Roche has some legitimate questions about the framing of the pol questions, but the Minister also has some awkward questions about the Commission’s apparently deliberate misbriefing of the press ahead of the release of the Eurobarometer poll in June. You can hear the interview here.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty