Sarko is quite mistaken about the role played by Mandelson in the Irish result. The Irish Farmers Association was gullible enough to fall for “reassurances” from Cowen that the government would veto “anything bad for Ireland”. They fell for it hook line and sinker – not only supporting a Yes vote but actually encouraging it.
The Uk Times has some interesting quotes from Sarko! http://www.smalllinks.com/535
"They are bloody fools. They have been stuffing their faces at Europe's expense for years and now they dump us in the ****."
The Times goes on to say:
"He then ordered his government to play down the 'no', proceed with their plans and find ways to save the treaty.” We have to manage the Irish 'no' with calm, with sang-froid and neither dramatise nor minimise it," he said last weekend.
It’s a pity that such quotes wouldn’t make it in to the Irish papers. Even so, he is digging himself a hole. That kind of thing would go down like a led balloon over here and the more he continues to shoot from the hip, the more damage he does to his own cause.