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The Irish Media – Cheerleaders For Austerity

By Julien Mercille

Irish Media – A study of Irish press coverage of austerity between 2008 and 2012 conducted at University College Dublin confirms that the media have been relentless cheerleaders for austerity. The case is so overwhelming that it may even surprise proponents of austerity. The full report is available here (or from this author by email).

Ireland has distinguished itself among European countries by implementing austerity at the outset of the current crisis, while a number of other governments reacted by first enacting Keynesian stimulus packages, in parallel to bailing out their banks, before turning to austerity. Austerity might be good for elites, but it attacks ordinary people by cutting government spending on social services, health care and welfare. It seeks to make labour more ‘flexible’ by dismantling and downgrading work conditions and protections to give more power to employers over employees. On top of that, it raises regressive taxes like the VAT and encourages privatisation of state-owned enterprises and assets, often sold to investors at bargain prices.

European authorities themselves have announced explicitly, and even proudly, that austerity is used to attack the welfare state and ordinary people. Mario Draghi, the ECB president, declared in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that the European ‘traditional social contract is obsolete’ and that ‘there is no escape from tough austerity measures’. He further said that continuing ‘shocks’ would ‘force countries into structural changes in labor markets’. Accordingly, Europe’s population faces repeated attacks from corporate and political elites, a fact noted by the New York Times recently when it observed that ‘Americanized labor policy is spreading in Europe’. It remarked that in 2008, 1.9 million Portuguese private sector workers were covered by collective bargaining agreements, but that the number is now down to 300,000. Greece has cut its minimum wage by almost a fourth, Ireland and Spain have frozen it, and in general labour protections have been reduced in peripheral Europe, so that austerity is ‘radically changing the nature of Europe’s society’. The developments will transform so deeply the social fabric that the chief economist of the International Labour Organisation described them as ‘the most significant changes since World War II’…………………….

full article at source: http://www.social-europe.eu/2013/12/irish-media-cheerleaders-austerity/

Comment:

By Thomás Aengus O Cléirigh

Just the other day, during an RTE attempt to support the spin on the so called “resurgent Dublin property market” we had this outburst from Brian Dobson a overpaid gobshit dependent for his livelihood  on the taxpayers of Ireland , just like Dole recipients ,teachers, Judges, Garda  etc”. This RTE prime donna has the cheek to label peaceful protesters highlighting the real news “ Idiots “ This was a perfect example showing the establishment  is engaged in censorship and the state media is stuffed full of pampas arrogant right wing lackeys like Dobson!

FF rats getting cold feet ?

Sent to us this afternoon from Citizens First group

With every day I am getting more angry at the media, hearing Brian Dobson describe Dermot Ahern as one of the most hardworking and best FF politicians is simply mind-boggling. I really blame the media as much as FF for our present situation. Last week there was an article in the Examiner, pointing out the there is still lots left for the Irish to be proud of. It was explained that during the Celtic tiger years the Irish were the proudest nation on the planet, well, I totally disagree with that. When I came here 30 years ago, I found the proudest nation on the planet. A nation who was literally untouched by the cancer ( with that I mean the selfishness, the arrogance, the nastiness that is a consequence of lifestyle based on financial values alone) that was already spreading in mainland Europe. Back then the Irish had very little, but what they had, they shared with a heart and a half. No matter, how bad things were, the Irish I met back then, had always a smile and always a welcome. And they knew how to enjoy themselves and have a laugh. And yes, they drank and smoked, so what, they did that in mainland Europe too, but behind closed doors, so nobody could see how much they actually drank and what the consequences were. In the Ireland I found back then, the pub culture here was the envy of the rest of the world, it was here where you found proud Irish men and women, who sang their songs with all their heart. That was Irish pride, and so was the national anthem in the end of a night. Yes, people needed a drink or 10 to relax, but that is just the way it is.
I think if our Irish DO-GOODERS would find a way to relax, they would not come out with so much rubbish and introduce more and more measures ordering us how to live our life.
During the Celtic Tiger years, the Irish lost their pride and it was replaced by arrogance and superiority, that stems from having money to burn. It is still present and I think the recession might take care of it. Yes, the Irish have lots to be proud of, but they have to lose the arrogance and their self importance and rediscover their values. And it is my humble opinion, that Ireland can get out of this mess with hard work and sacrifices and certainly without interference of outsiders, who are only interested in taking as much from Ireland as they can. Bloody vultures.
Keep up the good work,
Brigitte

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