From the Irish Times piece:
"...JUST THREE years ago we were being bamboozled into voting for the Lisbon Treaty..."
That is not true. There was no 'bamboozling' about it. They were told, clearly and unambiguously, about the dangers of signing up to the treaty, and they decided to ignore this because they were told to by most of the authoritative players.
This is the classic hallmark of group-think - where humans may individually know better, but elect to agree with a few 'opinion-leaders'. It is a known failing of human social systems. It is the reason why we have religion. Charlie Mackay wrote his 'Madness of Crowds' book about it. I know of no way to stop it.
A more accurate statement would therefore be: "we bamboozled ourselves"...