Another Fine Mess You Got Us Into, Mr Kenny!

July 9, 2014

I’m not a fan of Garth Brooks and bought no tickets for his concerts in Dublin. But I do respect the 400,000 disappointed fans who purchased tickets for his concerts in Dublin. They’ve suddenly received notice the shows are cancelled.

Poor licensing regulation in this area led to a lot of mistakes being made by various bodies involved in the organisation of the concerts. I will not go into the detail of evaluating or enunciating the opposing rights and perceived infringements. They all point to greater clarity and clearer rules for all concerned for future venues.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, has stated intervention by him to save the expected loss of castleintheairrevenue of €50m to the city with cancellation of the concerts would expose him to, “certainly be accused of coming the heavy on an issue like this”.

Failure to act means he is coming the heavy on 400,000 people who’ve purchased tickets.

A smarter option would have been to acknowledge that a mess has been made; facilitate legislation that enables the concerts to go ahead on a one time basis;  compensate the local residents in a big way for their inconvenience; guarantee this was only a once-off subject to clearer licensing rules in this area.

This would gain kudos for An Taoiseach who has squandered this opportunity once again to show leadership that is worthwhile and not less than worthless.

This is but more evidence of Kenny’s blindfold mess of eg property charges that discriminate against city dwellers, water charges that discriminate against everyone, privatisation of refuse collection that has ended in the Greyhound mess, expulsion of key party members on their conscientious objection to certain aspects of party policy, medical cards debacle, water debacle, energy grid mess.

But most of all dunce failure to deliver on a debt deal for Ireland that is not less than derisory. But you will often hear him in self-congratulatory mood as he deliberates on the crumbs the ECB has bought him with.

Happily the result of the European elections showed a rejection of the Irish public of FF/FG policies in spite of massive propaganda to persuade them otherwise of the Kenny agenda. Blind indifference to Kenny’s agenda informs  most of the electorate who experience another world of falling standards of education and public health, increasing taxes, emigration and few jobs.

In a vacuous way the Kenny agenda is to ignore  the debt ridden nature of Irish state’s private and public liabilities, to pretend these are sustainable, that a trickle of new jobs can be nurtured into a river of growth. To celebrate when there is no cause for celebration. To bestow confidence with a smile wherever caution signals action required more than a smile.

Kenny’s is a light weight, shallow, head in the sand agenda, that hopes against hope that a rising tide will lift all boats: Even when there is no tide.

Ireland requires a growth rate of 8% to be sustainable under its present conditions of odious debt. But growth rates above 2% would be cause for celebration. Inflation has turned into deflation and growth will be sponged up to pay for increasing incapacity to repay debt.

Austerity is the name of the game led by Germany. This is aimed to suck the marrow from the bone of peripheral countries such as Ireland. Austerity requires puppet governments to be bailiffs and Kenny’s certainly serves the mark.

“Enda’s strategy in Europe has been to align with Germany, which is bizarre as economically we are faced with different circumstances entirely to Germany. Enda has failed to make any case for Ireland and has instead bought into Germany’s own misconception of the Irish people and the Irish economy.”

A little over 2 years ago the writer of that letter wrote ” Last night I attended the launch of the FF Futures Group in Dublin and it stuck out a mile who the real Taoiseach is. We need to get a Cork man back in the driving seat, it seems.

Would that we could elect Micheál Martin to the job. He would do us all proud.”

On the contrary, both Martin and Kenny are joined at the hip when it comes to Europe. Both need to be replaced by leaders of more depth and insight who will not disappoint in leading this country through difficult times ahead.

But even Micheal Martin has the wit and insight to this week suggest enabling legislation to allow the Garth Brooks concerts proceed. Clearly FF/FG are worse than FF.

It’s a curious case of deja vu that the ‘come the heavy’ argument from Kenny has been heard before. It was used to defend the rights of bondholders over the rights of the people of Ireland, its taxpayers and public services, who were levied with the liabilities of bankers and bondholders and the €67.5 bn odious debt levied on the people of Ireland by the troika.

These arguments should be examined in another forum, the Banking Inquiry promised by Kenny. It too is currently embroiled in a mess.

Kenny  cannot learn from mistakes made in the past. Ireland joined up to a flawed EMU with its flawed euro currency that did not suit our needs and was poorly if not recklessly administered in favour of Germany.

While EMU peripheral countries sold the fool’s gold of debt by Germany are witnessing the painful legacy and extraction of their liabilities,  Germany continues to grow with enviable growth rates of 4% +. Germany’s bondholders safely secured against the liabilities of Irish taxpayers.

The original European Union was an aircraft carrier with all members having a say in its running. That ship was sunk 6 years ago. In its place is a poorly defended and organised convoy led by a German battleship towing with fraying tow ropes the economies of peripheral zone members.

So far, Kenny’s reign is mindful of a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Tomorrow Enda Kenny reshuffles his pack. Its difficult not to be indifferent and to regard this as nothing more than the swapping of seats of another orchestra on another titanic.


To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.







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