The pamphlet was produced on June 4th, in preparation for the EU Council summit that ultimately gave us the Turnip. That the Turnip was supposed to be a turnip, and was never meant to be a lemon, can be gleaned from the first paragraph of page three of the pamphlet:
The proposed new treaty and supplementary protocols take over almost all the innovations contained in the constitutional treaty. They only leave aside the symbolic changes which were introduced by the constitutional treaty – such as the title of the treaty or the symbols of the union – which are peculiarly linked to the constitutional character of the treaty signed in Rome on 29 October 2004.(emphasis mine - KV).
That's right, folks. It always was, always has been the same potentially totalitarian, nation state obliterating, socialist 'new man' forging drivel we voted off the last time. Except without the flag and anthem which Maxime Verhagen fought to 'valiantly' to defeat.
As it turns out, the sound and fury that Verhagen built into his tale of how the 'constitutional symbols' we slain are just that: sound and fury, signifying nothing. Verhagen and PM Balkenende never had to put up a fight, not even for the shabby morsel they thought would placate the Dutch population enough. It was already theirs. All they had to do was make it sound like they went in guns blazing, scored a few victories and a few defeats, but hey, can't win 'em all, can you? At least we can give you a good compromise.
Except it is neither compromise, nor good. We are being sold down the river on the basis of the most bald-faced of lies. I think that what we are witnessing here is a first in the history of man. 'You can't fool all the people, all the time', it was said. The EU-rocrats are saying 'Well, we'll just see about that', and telling it to our faces.
(Via EU Referendum, of course)