This simple analogy brings home just how odd it is that so many leading politicians have been standing up recently to declare that the European Union's big new idea is to hoodwink the voters. Specifically, ever more bigwigs have stated that the EU's new treaty was deliberately made as unintelligible as possible so as to make it easier to win new powers for Brussels. That was the lesson they drew from the ill-fated EU constitution when it was voted down by French and Dutch voters in 2005."
Working by stealth is a bad habit if you believe in good governance. Telling voters you are being stealthy to avoid consulting them is disrespectful (Burke talked of using his judgment to represent voters, not of devising unreadable texts to bamboozle them). It is also hubristic. The Bond films offer another lesson here. Whenever the evil genius gloats “you have interfered with my plans for the last time, Mr Bond,” viewers know that a painful come-uppance is on its way. Filmgoers like hubris to be swiftly punished. EU leaders should take note."