"Madam, - I honestly can't see what all the fuss is about. It has long been customary and deemed polite for us Irish to automatically say no to anything offered by a host, and to keep saying no every time the offer is repeated, until eventually a stage is reached when, because of the host's insistent pleas, a refusal is regarded impolite. This custom has been comically displayed in every FATHER TED episode.
We've been in the EU long enough now for the central powers there to realise this important national trait, so they should now know what to do about our Lisbon No vote.
Does anyone know the German, French or Italian for: "Ah, go on, go on"? - Yours, etc,
Cloghroe, Co Cork.