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Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan and their poodle Union Boss pull a fast one on the oppressed families of Ireland!

By Thomás O Cléirigh

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This deal does not include his perks and lottery pensions he is going to get as a Teacher and Government minster. What about the pensions of the gangsters in the Banks who brought this disaster on us. The X CEO’s, and the X self-serving Politicians who are now still sitting on these boards?

This Deal is again a smoke screen which gives the likes of Jack O Connor the chance to tell his members he did something for them. The Unions have sold out the rest of Irish society to the “Austerity for all Brigade” except for the people who are in a position to fend off the spineless puppet Governments attempt to foist ever more cuts and stealth taxes on the working class of Ireland.

No My Friends this deal was done in the backrooms a few weeks ago and we are experiencing a well rehearsed drama that is intended to cater for the dumb Union members who continues to pay lottery salaries’ to the well connected Union Bosses who have lost touch with their roots. This deal will ensure the ordinary working man and woman will pay dearly for the outrageous salaries and perks of a class that is totally out of touch with the ordinary citizen of Ireland .The Top 20,000  highly paid civil servants people who are earning immoral salaries, while hospitals and child care will have to be cut further to accommodate these public servant leeches : There is a two tier society in Ireland and the Government has ensured that our people will continue to be divided as they plough through their “Austerity steam roller “through our democracy ,keeping themselves and their vested interests gorging on the gravy train they have kept intact while dispensing to the masses the crumbs that falloff their tables.

No change then as gangsters and crooked politicians and Union mafia bosses extract more blood from the ordinary families of what is now, signed sealed and delivered financial slaves ( the Irish citizens of the BA-NAMA-Republic of IRELAND to our bondholder masters.

If you have any ounce of credibility in you citizen get up off your knees and say no I will not pay anymore into the coffers of hidden faceless moneymen who have stolen our country with the help of the mafia union bosses and the puppets in Lenster house.

Time for a people’s revolt against the financial slave traders in the Dail .

Ireland’s coalition proposals are strong on rhetoric but need more depth

Taoiseach-in-waiting Enda Kenny will be in at the deep end as Ireland’s coalition attempts to deal with the country’s economic plight. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The campaign rhetoric seeps through Fine Gael and Labour’s freshly minted “Programme for Government” unveiled Monday after they agreed the terms of the coalition which hopes to lead Ireland out of recession and the clutches of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Its opening gambit is a declaration of “common purpose” noting that on 25 February (election day, in case anyone had forgotten) “a democratic revolution took place”.

It solemnly goes on to talk of Ireland facing “one of the darkest hours in the history of our independent state” and invokes the great Albert Einstein by saying we should “learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow” and how an “unprecedented level of political resolve” is needed to get the country on its feet again.

Although it is clear on some things – such as reversing the cut in the minimum wage, which is against the terms of the IMF bailout – by and large the rhetoric in the document is going to get the coalition only so far.

With regard to banking and the IMF/EU bail out, here are the main pledges:

Interest rate
• “We will seek a reduced interest rate.” This it is likely to get as there is wide acknowledgement that the 5.8% rate is unsustainable. The question is how much by?

Credit ratings
• “We will attack the utmost priority to avoiding further downgrading of Ireland’s sovereign credit rating.” It fudges the detail on this though and says it will set further capital spend by the state at “a level consistent with national debt sustaintability”.

Bank recapitalisation
• “We will defer further recapitalisation of the banks until the solvency stress tests are complete.” This is the big one. The PCAR and PLAR tests being undertaken will be complete at the end of March and are widely expected to expose even further need for recapitalisation at AIB. If AIB is worse than expected and Anglo Irish is as bad as chairman Alan Dukes has indicated, could we be talking about a second bailout? Dukes reckons Ireland will have to go cap in hand for another €15bn (£12.8bn) just to save the Irish banking system.

Sale of AIB assets?
• “We remain committed to a smaller banking system” but it says “to limit further calls on the state to cover bank losses from distressed asset sales, bank deleveraging must be paced. This is interesting. The coalition is obliged under the deal with the IMF to shrink the size of the banks but which would cause greater damage – losses from a fire sale or the continuing liquidity problem which require even greater capital injection than presently foreseen. Interestingly, one proposal, according to the Sunday Business Post editor Cliff Taylor, is to split AIB and possibly Bank of Ireland into two banks – one dealing with core assets and the other with non-core assets.

Credit for small businesses
• “We will ensure that an adequate pool of credit is available to fund small and medium-sized businesses.” The devil will be in the detail here as there is a widespread feeling that the lack of credit is smothering SMEs in Ireland. (If you are a small business and have experience of this please email me on guardian.dublin@gmail.com as I would like to return to this issue).

Restructuring bank boards
• “The new government will restructure bank boards and replace directors who presided over failed lending practices.” This is well-meaning but possibly doesn’t go far enough – what about staff in bailed-out banks, senior executives and middle management, who presided over failed lending practices?

End transfers to NAMA
• “We will end further asset transfers to NAMA, which are unlikely to improve market confidence in either the banks or the state.” Again, specifics are needed. It it going to end all transfers that haven’t happened or set a threshold – say all property development loans under €5m?

Transparency at NAMA
• “We will insist on the highest standards of transparency in the operation of NAMA.” Again, what does this mean? Those involved in the establishment of NAMA say it is politically popular to demand greater transparency but that NAMA, like any bank, will retain “customer confidentiality”.

Global pool of finance managers to be assembled
• “We will openly construct a pool of globally experienced finance services managers and directors to be inserted into key executive and non-executive positions in banks receiving taxpayer support.” International banking executives won’t be forming an orderly queue for these jobs unless there is some detail on pay scales and these are currently capped at the highest levels.

All it says on remuneration is this : “All remuneration schemes at banks subject to state support will undergo a fundamental review to ensure an alignment of interest between banks, their staff and the taxpayer.”

Bank bonuses
• “We will ban all bank bonuses …”

… I made that one up. Bank bonuses don’t get a mention, as far as I can see. This is possibly because bonuses in the bailed-out banks were effectively banned by the finance bill rushed through the Dail in January government through a 90% tax on bank bonuses.

However, it is the culture of bonuses even at the lowest levels in banking that lead to the reckless lending in the first place and some sort of policy detail on this would have not gone awry here.

The document is detailed and full of the right kind of rhetoric. For this week. After that it’s straight in at the deep end for the taoiseach-in-waiting Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan, who is expected to be named finance minister as they try to persuade Europe to save Ireland from bailout number two.
source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/ireland-business-blog-with-lisa-

Irish bailout protects key investors

By

Howard Schneider

Friday, December 3, 2010

Fear of a broad economic meltdown prompted officials in Europe and at the International Monetary Fund to protect key investors in Ireland’s troubled banks from losses, despite intense debate about the use of public funds to bail out private companies.

As officials scrambled last week to rescue Ireland from a banking crisis that threatened to make the government itself insolvent, officials drew a firm line when it came to investors who had purchased the most secure form of bank bonds, known as “senior” debt. Senior bonds are a staple source of funding for European banks and are considered such a safe investment that they are widely held by other banks, pension funds and similar institutions. In Ireland’s case, many of those investors are in Germany and the United Kingdom.

Forcing losses on senior bondholders, it was feared, would hit Europe with the same force as the collapse of Lehman Brothers in the United States – casting doubt on an entire system and with potentially global ramifications if it threw Europe back into recession or undermined an important economy, such as Germany’s. Even with taxpayers’ money involved from around the globe, in the form of $30 billion lent to Ireland from the IMF and $60 billion from European countries, the holders of an estimated $50 billion to $60 billion in Irish senior bank bonds were assured their money would be repaid.

“The driving force behind the decision to not involve the senior unsecured debtholders was the fear of contagion to other European banks – Spanish banks, Portuguese banks, maybe even Italian. You just wanted to avoid another sort of freeze on the capital markets,” said Frank Engels, senior European economist at Barclays Capital.

The structure of the Irish rescue deal shows the uncertainties that still surround efforts to shore up the finances of the 16-nation euro zone, a currency region that includes economic giants such as Germany and weak links such as Portugal. Although vast public resources have been pledged to the effort, investors remain doubtful that countries can do what’s needed to right public finances and restore growth.

The European Central Bank moved to calm the situation Thursday, saying it would continue buying bonds of troubled European countries and lending money to banks as needed.

But the Irish bailout has focused attention on some of the central issues yet to be resolved from the financial crisis: how to protect taxpayers from shouldering future bailouts, and how to prevent a crisis in one corner of the world from inflicting damage on the global economy because of the financial links between companies and countries.

The bank and corporate bailouts in the United States also protected many investors – by some reckoning, even a broader group than in Europe. Both senior and “subordinate” creditors were largely made whole in the U.S. rescues of companies such as Citibank and AIG. Although many stockholders lost out, others gained as the bailouts helped some companies recover and the value of their shares rose.

In Europe, by contrast, the drive to punish bank owners and investors has been more forceful as governments there stepped in with trillions of dollars in state support. Stockholders in some companies were fully wiped out when the businesses were nationalized, and owners of less secure debt have, in some cases, suffered losses. Holders of less- secure debt at the Anglo Irish bank, for example, were paid 20 cents on the dollar, and many analysts expect similar writedowns at other Irish banks as the country restructures its financial industry.

But the secure senior debt represents part of a more intense entanglement that Europe needs to resolve if its financial system is to be put back on sound enough footing to support stronger economic growth. Over the years, European banks and financial institutions have invested widely in the bonds of other European countries, and in the bonds of banks in other nations – often with little regard to the underlying risks and on the assumption that each country would ultimately repay its own debts and stand behind its financial institutions.

In a booming economy, no one second-guessed whether Greece was as sound a credit risk as Germany or raised questions when Irish banks fed a local property boom with aggressive lending. As the downturn began to expose the flaws, it remained uncertain how a default in one country or company might affect others.

“You don’t necessarily know where the next domino will fall, but you know there will be a chain effect set in motion,” said Jacob Kirkegaard, a Europe specialist at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

It has made for complex politics – German officials struggling to balance an underlying distaste for public bailouts with the fact that their banks are deeply entangled in weaker European countries; and the IMF undertaking one of its most direct-ever rescues of a specific industry – but little clarity.

Ultimately, European officials say they want to make clear to investors that those who buy European government or bank bonds may well suffer losses. That is likely to lead to higher interest rates for weaker countries or companies but also a more careful assessment of how banks and nations are run. At Germany’s urging, such a provision may become part of Europe’s debt markets in 2013.

source http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/02/AR2010120206087.html

He could be talking about Ireland

I agree we need to be concentrating of  industrious business ,why can’t I but Irish made shirts, shoes, Irish made bicycles, for god sake Irish made anything?

75% of our business here in Ireland is services, and we are now been forced to become debt servicing junkies by Cowen and his cronies.  

Unless we get up off our collective backsides we will be forced to vote in twiddle dummer when we get rid of twiddle Dee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kja5aCYuocU&feature=player_embedded

Bank of Ireland takes bizarre action to prevent the State acquiring more than 50% control

Bank of Ireland takes bizarre action to prevent the State acquiring more than 50% control

namawinelake | November 9, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Categories: NAMA | URL: http://wp.me/pNlCf-M9

 

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The State presently owns 36.5% of the ordinary stock of Bank of Ireland thanks to the payment in lieu of cash of the 8% dividend on the €3.5bn “directed” investment from the National Pension Reserve Fund in March 2009 and the conversion of some preference shares to ordinary shares in May 2010. You might recall that in February 2010, BoI paid out 184m ordinary shares to the NPRF on its €3.5bn preference share investment made in March 2009, in lieu of a cash dividend because the pesky EU had forbidden it to make a cash distribution when in receipt of State-aid. Three months later, the NPRF acquired additional ordinary shares in BoI through the rights issue by the bank and the conversion of some €1.7bn of the preference shares to ordinary shares. As part of the rights issue conversion of preference shares the interest rate payable on the remaining €1.8bn of preference shares was to rise from 8% to 10.25%. So that’s how the State this morning owns 36.5% of BoI and has €1.8bn of preference shares yielding 10.25% per annum with the dividend due next February 2010.

Next February 2011, BoI will be required to pay the NPRF €214m – roughly 10.25% of €1.8 (I say roughly because remember we had €3.5bn preference shares earning 8% for about two months of this dividend year and then the 10.25% applies for 10 months approx). We are now waiting almost four months (a record as far as I can tell) for the EU to publish the Decision announced on 17th July, 2010 which set out the conditions for BoI’s restructuring. I’m willing to bet that the EU will allow BoI to start making cash payment for dividends again. Because if they don’t, BoI would need pay the €214m in ordinary shares or at current prices (€0.42 per share with the company having an ordinary share capitalisation of €2.24m), nearly 10% of the company which would bring the State shareholding up from 36.5% to 46.5%. Given the volatility of BoI’s share price, we could easily end up with an ordinary share dividend which would give us 50% of BoI – majority control which seems anathema to the State’s strategy for the banking sector.

And so yesterday in the High Court we witnessed the bizarre spectacle of BoI applying (in simple terms) to be allowed reclassify part of its capital base in such a way that a dividend payment can be made in cash so the horror of the State taking majority control of BoI can be avoided. Of course if economist Morgan Kelly, whose latest jeremiad in yesterday’s Irish Times is correct (and there is sufficient support for his position to suggest he’s not being a crackpot), then the scale of non-NAMA losses in BoI will give us majority State control in the near future anyway. Nonetheless it is interesting to see the legal lengths to which BoI will go to avoid majority ownership in the next three months

Comment:

The Government accepts now that Anglo will cost the taxpayers 34.5 billion and we must accept that AIB and Bank of Ireland will cost at least €30 billion because they were just as bad as Anglo in lending, not only to the Developers but to ordinary folk that couldn’t not even afford the matchboxes the banks were lending out money for. So you end up with a taxpayer bill of €13 billion for Bank of Ireland plus the 3.5 billion we already paid out Bank of Ireland lending practices were on par or  even worse than Anglo Irish Bank as they tried to catch up with Anglo . With the worsening mortgage default situation heading our way and a possible bailing out of negative equity home owners a much bigger loss provision will have to be faced up to at Bank of Ireland and that is before we start on the derivates Losses .For my money we are now looking at the end game.

Bank of Ireland is only months away from been nationalized and to assume anything else is simple ignoring reality, there cooked and we the taxpayers are snookered!

Just two points in support of this assumption

(1)    Yesterday the Irish times seem to have now gone against the Government with that article from MORGAN KELLY up to now there were mostly cheerleaders for the Government in its actions with the banks and the whole NAMA set up, the Kelly article is a watershed and a parting of the waves and I believe the Irish times is “smelling change” of Government is in the air and want to be on the winning side.

(2)   Cowen and lenihan have lost the plot all together and we now have foreign” minders “taking up residence in the Department of Finance and also in Treasury Buildings (NAMA ) Our sovereignty in lost because of the actions of these traitors and the blame game is about to get started.

                God help us all

look at these videos

http://www.bloomberg.com/video/64352822/

http://www.bloomberg.com/video/64349432/

Is it time to let AIB go?

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Is it time to let AIB go?

namawinelake | November 2, 2010 at 11:51 am | Categories: Irish economy, NAMA | URL: http://wp.me/pNlCf-Kw

It sounds like the kind of decision a family around the death bed of a loved one faces. Though perhaps the comparison isn’t in the best taste, the reality is that the venerable 185-year old bank is facing insolvency and it is only the dogmatic government strategy of maintaining a duopoly of “Irish” banks not to mention over €10bn of public funds and significant ECB funds that is keeping the bank afloat. This entry examines the status of AIB and the cost of keeping it alive.

Firstly for our international friends, AIB is Allied Irish Banks PLC – note the plural “Banks”. It has nothing to do with the biggest failure in Irish corporate history, Anglo Irish Bank which is referred to domestically simply as “Anglo”. AIB was conceived in 1825 with the opening of a bank called Provincial Bank and over the next century and a half merged with other domestic banks to give us the Allied Irish Banks that we know today. Alongside Bank of Ireland it is seen as the rock of Irish banking.

During the property boom in the 2000s the bank was a late participant in the mania but there is evidence that once it arrived at the party it wasted no time in trying to catch up with the existing party-goers. The Minister for Finance estimates that the bank’s remaining NAMA loans are worth 40c in the euro (including long term economic value).

Its most recent set of accounts for the first six months of 2010 show that the bank had assets of €169bn, liabilities of €160bn and capital of €9bn. So it is a huge business in an Irish context but clearly solvent by reference to these results. Unfortunately the results don’t reflect the true condition of the loan assets. The cumulative provision for losses on NAMA loans in the interim results was 26% – that is, the loans were worth 74c in the euro. The most recent ministerial estimate is 40c in the euro. This should result in a further loss to AIB of €5.5bn. But NAMA loans form a small part of AIB’s total loanbook and the company will have some €81bn of non-NAMA loans (plus €4.5bn of €5-20m formerly NAMA loans) once NAMA has absorbed the poison. The cumulative provision on these loans in June 2010 was just €3bn (note 22 on page 83). Given that these loans include commercial property and business lending in a state which has suffered the greatest contraction in GDP amongst developed countries in modern times, I would suggest that provision is utter fantasy.

Like some shady cash-in-hand sole trader, AIB maintain a second set of books under the auspices of the Financial Regulator who in March this year set out the capital requirements for AIB and other banks (the Prudential Capital Assessment Review). In September using this second set of books, the Regulator announced that AIB needed raise €10.4bn by the end of this year. AIB’s strategy was to dispose of some assets and then to raise additional equity underwritten by the State. There is a detailed entry on these capital raising efforts here but in summary the bank disposed of its Polish operation (still subject to approvals) which yielded €2.5bn capital from the €3.1bn sale price and yesterday AIB held an EGM in which shareholders approved the sale of the bank’s stake in US bank M&T which should add €0.9bn to the capital coffers. The bank announced yesterday that it was placing the sale of the UK operation on hold (though there appears to be some back-pedalling on these comments this morning). Unless there is some dynamic between the UK sale and capital that means that the bank still needs €7bn in new capital in the next 60 days. And there is only sucker with that level of available funding that is willing to invest in what is likely to be an insolvent bank, and that’s the government who seem intent on placing just under one half of our National Pension Reserve Fund (that’s the €3.5bn invested in preference shares last year and the €7bn now needed as a proportion of the €24bn funds in the NPRF) in one basket (case) – AIB.

The government strategy seems chauvinistic (“we need a duopoly of Irish banks”), knee-jerked, immoral (not a word you’ll often see on here but taking money from the pension fund to prop up an insolvent bank is flagitious when there are other options to protect a functioning banking system), recklessly risky (one half of the pension fund is “invested” in one company in one sector). AIB should be taken into 100% state ownership immediately, the State should assess the value of any shareholdings in AIB (I expect they are worth nothing), negotiate with the €4bn+ of junior bondholders the company had at June 2010 and assess if senior bondholders might make a contribution to the insolvent bank. Only then should the State assess the systemic importance of AIB and should probably seek a buyer for the rump of that company. Even if the state is left with only one Irish bank so what? We have a Financial Regulator with 520 staff that should be able to regulate a restricted market to combat uncompetitive practices and when the Irish economy recovers other banks may see prospects here.

If on the other hand, we maintain the pretence that AIB is a viable bank then €7bn will need be found in the next 60 days. At the very best we are set to lose €1.8bn if we continue with the madness of the NPRF underwriting a share issue at €0.50 per share when the shares are presently trading at €0.35. With the healthiest Irish bank, Bank of Ireland, having to borrow 3-year funds at 5.875% last week (excluding costs) in a market where mortgages and commercial lending is still available at 3%, the prospects for profitability at AIB are slim in the context of the NPRF’s investment strategy which allows it invest in any market across the globe.

It is time to say our goodbyes and pull the plug.

source http://namawinelake.wordpress.com/2010/11/02/is-it-time-to-let-aib-go/

Comment:

Unfortunately this government is hell bent on holding on to this once trophy bank along with the top notch gangsters and X Politicians at the helm who will not vote themselves out of this sought after gig

Since the Minister of Finance himself says that the still remaindering loans are only worth 40c in the euro this alone tells me that the bank is gone beyond repair, as every one of his pronouncements on figures have been totally out.  I expect that you wouldn’t even get 10 cent on the euro The cost is irrelevant as the down trodden taxpayers are going to pay up.This Bank is dead and powering billions into it is tantamount to treason.

Shut this toxic toilet down now and save us the poor taxpayers a little bit of pain!

Thomas

Residents movement for political change

A Tribute to Mr. Raymond Crotty

A Tribute to Mr. Raymond Crotty
1925-1994
Economics Lecturer
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Ludwig Von Mises
Quote:
“Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders. No one
is relieved of his share of responsibility by others and no one
can find a safe way for herself if society is sweeping towards
destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own self interest, must
thrust themselves vigorously into the intellectual battle.”

An Irishman whose life was a real example of the moral
imperative exemplified in the above quote was Raymond
Crotty. Through his actions and writings he tried to do the
right thing. He tried to make a difference.

“Our Enemy the State“, so said Raymond, in 1988 in his
book “A Radical’s Response”. In this treatise Mr. Crotty,
former farmer and economics lecturer at Trinity College, tried
to explain how Ireland was being exploited by its domestic
political groupings. Through his efforts the constitution was
correctly used to try to protect the Irish people from what he
saw as abuse of privilege by an immoral political class. This
class, he believed, was using the resources of the Irish people
for their own selfish benefit. In order to take his high court
action to protect the constitution and safe-guard the right

to a free ballot on fundamental legal changes he pledged, as
security, the title of his own family home. In fact he and his
wife faced possible bankruptcy in the event of failure on the
legal front. What would Mr. Crotty be advising us now about
possible solutions to the predicament Ireland now faces? I will
use some quotes below to try to give you some inkling of a
possible answer to that conundrum.

“Sixty years on (1986), the Irish economy is back again to
a position similar to that of 1922, immediately after the
break with Britain…….Joining the EEC seemed, in 1972, the
answer to 50 years of failed self-government. Fifteen years
of membership of a Community comprising all the former
colonial powers has done nothing to alleviate, but much to
aggravate the problems of Ireland……This happened also with
the earlier Union with Britain, which brought untold hardship
on the Irish masses, while, as intended, securing the position
of the elites who engineered the Union. The new EEC Union
likewise has resulted in wholesale loss of jobs, a quadrupling
of unemployment and an increasing extreme dependence on
subsidies from, and credit through, the EEC.”

Thus we can see that all though much has changed since 1986,
unfortunately most remains the same in 2010.

Ireland is now lurching toward financial ruin because
of insolvent banks, fully state guaranteed international
bondholders, high inflation due to a bloated and inefficient
bureaucracy that produces no goods, reckless public sector

borrowing, an unquantified off-balance-sheet derivative
time-bomb, collapsing cash and credit circulation, insolvent
businesses and an incompetent government executive. We
are being lied to with regard to the true nature and extent
of Ireland’s financial afflictions. Many would say that it is
the international financial crisis that caused the problem
however, I believe, it is the failure of our political class to
ethically regulate itself and effectively manage that is the
true source of the current mayhem. This class is working
closely with a golden circle to bail itself out yet will now leave
a “bill of costs” which will cripple the Irish public finances for
decades. This class has sold out the country to a European
Banking elite that forces itself into every aspect of out lives
to the detriment of real freedom. The ongoing erosion of our
liberty is clothed in a veneer of “greater good” but the effect
is social atrophy.

As Crotty predicted, the state is no longer the friend but
the enemy of the average Irish citizen. This situation was
always the case in mainland Europe and throughout the
British Empire. Constitutions were thus developed by
revolutionaries, such as DeValera, to tame the power of the
state. This lesson of history has been forgotten by the “new”
Irish and they have now sold their children’s birthright to
elites but the Irish people are not to blame because they
have been hoodwinked by a privileged social grouping that
protects its dynastic power while ignoring the horrific social
implications of their drastic austerity measures. In other
words they have the income and the assets whilst we and our

children will be left to carry the debt.

Ray Crotty knew in 1986 that borrowing would end in disaster
for Ireland, and we currently who are socially conscious, are
now experiencing a human tragedy unfolding daily as it did
so in 1985. It was not called the “lost decade” for nothing.
However, in 2010 it is much worse because in addition to
unbridled public borrowing there is private debt of nearly half
a trillion Euros. Thus this time the burden is doubly crippling
particularly when you factor in an Irish cost of living which is
now nearly 50% higher than that in mainland Europe. This fact
can be readily verified during any short holiday trip to Spain or
Portugal or Germany.

But Mr. Crotty did not leave it there, he used his considerable
economic intellect to propound a way forward, an analysis
which we know all too well was never followed. His solution
could be applied even now, if only we found the will and the
determination. In 1986 His formula for economic and moral
salvation ran as follows:

“It is not difficult to identify the nature of the change
that is necessary to transform Irish undevelopment into
development. It involves essentially eliminating banking
privilege. In Ireland producers are charged too little for land
and capital and too much for labour. ……All taxes should
be removed from labour (PAYE & PRSI) and the things that
labour buys (VAT). Tax revenue from land and from the
financial system (Banks, Insurance Companies and Building

Societies) should be maximized. In addition, in order to save
revenue and to preclude further borrowing by corrupt and
corrupting politicians, the public (and banking debt should be
renegotiated or) repudiated …..The proposed fiscal changes
would transform Ireland’s undeveloping economy into a
developing one. The state is the enemy of the nation and
has been the cause of its undevelopment this point the Irish
people must comprehend. But even as the nation has been
undeveloped by the state’s actions, the people have looked
more and more to the state to remedy the situation.”

In 2010 The Irish people somehow must start rejecting the
local/international banking system now robbing the national
coffers. Raymond Crotty cries out from the past. He was not
listened to then and we are paying the consequences. This
moral Irishman correctly analysed Ireland economic problems
and history has shown this analysis to be correct. It is not
too late for Ireland to start again but we need this time to
take the right road and choose true national development
not financial bondage. In other words borrowing in not
the answer, productive commercial enterprise is. And the
benefits of this enterprise must flow, as a moral right, to
the average hard working lower and middle class citizen not
financial elites regardless of whether they are of the home-
grown or international variety. This time let us finally listen
and take the right road of hard work, honour and duty not
a phantom dream of lottery wins, quick rich schemes and
reckless speculation. Yes we are in a difficult situation but let
us take the hard choices that lead to real change not cosmetic

As Oscar Wilde, once famously quipped:

“Yes we are all in the gutter but let us chose to look up to the
stars.”

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