The EU's decision to press on again with the EU constitution, and the Irish government's decision to hold another referendum really does smack of the worst kind of undemocratic behaviour.
The fact is that the Irish rejected the EU constitution in a vote. They are unlikely to win any opt outs because that would mean other countries would have to re-ratify the treaty too, meaning in effect the Irish are going to vote again on the identical treaty, it is just that they are now expected to vote differently by their government because "they were wrong".
As the BBC correspondent on the radio said earlier, the pro EU groups in Ireland have just one campaign message, and that is that with the recession as bad as it is, this is no time to turn your back on the EU. It's an odd sort of threat that says the EU is your friend, don't make it angry, but it seems pro EU groups will do anything to get you to vote differently.