It’s Pissing Down Recovery Outside

The young far right wing Fine Gael ideologue, Noel Rock, is about twenty metres from my house this morning. He is standing at a junction with a poster of himself (really) and giving thumbs up to the drivers passing by. His grin saying “Yep, look it’s me, the guy from the poster!”. Apart from creating a hazard, Noel’s keeping the Recovery going, I think…

Minister for the Government Jet and best boy in right wing class, Paschal Donohoe, (apologies to Simon Harris) is on the wireless, telling me that by building the economy for the tax averse Multinational Companies (MNC’s) we will start to feel the recovery, if we’d just be patient. He’s referring to the fallacy of Trickle Down Economics. He’s keeping the recovery raining down…

The enda apologist specialist, Frances Fitzgerald, is explaining how the Taoiseach was only referring to Fianna Fail people when he called the citizens of Castlebar “All Ireland Champion Whingers”. She has decided this issue is a distraction and that we need to move on to her FEARS. We need to be worried about the chaos and instability that may stem from the possibility of NOT voting for her far right party. She’s “deeply concerned” that not enough people are concerned by her FEARS. Why aren’t the electorate having the “shit scared out of them” by the threat of Representative Democracy? She’s keeping the recovery in trepidation…

Free Market Capitalist, Michael Noonan, is lecturing Yanis Varoufakis again. He’s positively wallowing in the Greek people’s misery and calling Yanis “a failed financial minister”. He’s licking himself for his ingenuity in Socialising Private Debt onto the shoulders of the Irish People via the Undemocratic Promissory Note deal. Mickey is quoting far right Bankers Goldman Sachs again to reinforce his own brilliance. He’s keeping the recovery for the 1% going…

Right Wing fantasist  ,Taoiseach enda kenny, is roaring, yes roaring, to the party faithful about how they are in “ground war” mode. He’s in bombastic form, passionate and determined. The man with 2 Pints is up for the fight. If only he’d have fought so passionately and determinedly when seeking the Retrospective Recapitalisation that he imagined he’d secured for the country. He’s keeping the recovery going, towards oblivion?

You’ll hear many people argue Fine Gael are not Far Right. They’ll say they’re not even Centre Right, that they are in fact, a moderate left of centre party! This is a lie! It’s a lie of convenience. It soothes the guilt of greed. It allows the “I’m Alright Jack” pretend he is socially conscious. Sure didn’t we “allow gay marriage”. One swallow does not make a summer lads.

Let’s run a fact check. Far Right Ideology hallmarks are:

The Mistreatment of Refugees and Migrants – we have modern day internment camps in Direct Provision and are looking to start “limiting welfare payments for future migrants”. Are migrants lesser Humans?

Human Rights Breaches – see the U.N’s view on the 8th amendment. Women are lesser in the eyes of the law.

Freedom of Speech – this is the Government that stifled investigations into scandals, think Siteserv, IBRC and Moriarty. Free Market Capitalist Denis O’Brien was even allowed silence the Dail!

Democratic Right to Protest – remember iPhone Joan, Jobstown and the sinister fringe smearing of protesters. They don’t like dissent. There are more Gardai at water meter installations than at crime scenes.

Free Market Ideology –The Mortgage Rates and Repossession debacle; allowing Standard Variable Rates customers be gouged at rates double or triple the EU average.

Social Protection – the death by a thousand cuts to public services in order to service €8bn of Debt Interest repayments, not to mention additional taxes, all while bringing schemes to reduce MNC’s effective tax rates to 2%.

Check, check, check, check, check and check. Fine Gael are a Far Right Wing party. Vote for your pocket, forget the rest. As long as I’m Alright Jack. Until one day little Sophia comes home…

Imagine if Politics was taught in primary school. Imagine if little Sophia came home and said “Daddy, Teacher said Right Wing Capitalism Greedy Guts is responsible for imperialism, slavery, war, famine, social inequality, the wealth divide and climate change. We’re not nasty Right Wing Ideological Capitalists, sure we’re not Daddy?”

“Daddy?..”

Tony Groves February 2016

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2 thoughts on “It’s Pissing Down Recovery Outside

  1. Tony you have shaken me from my socially conscious suburban I’m alright Jack-ist comfort zone. Well done, it’s a really good piece and genuinely thought provoking. So having admitted that I’m one of the many who want to believe that one can live a nice life in a nice part of the world (and preserve that, cause lets face it a vote for FG or FF is an act of conservatism in the broadest sense of the word) AND have a social conscience, here’s the but. There always is one. The but is that it is difficult to believe that any of the so called left of centre alternatives are serious about what I think should be the main concerns of any progressive socially conscious government. The first being equality – which requires a proper engagement with the concept of public goods, and a pragmatic approach to the planning and administration of public services on a fair basis. It means being grown up about what the State should provide (please stop outsourcing to NGO’s on a Victorian alms model and do the thing properly and fairly) and how to fund them. The second being how to flourish in a slow or low growth environment, which means rethinking a significant portion of our current economic rationale. So who on the left is saying anything credible about either of those topics? I’ll spare you the analysis….but I’m not sure I have too much hope really in the midst of all the cant and crowing. certain individuals stand out, but a coherent party? Maybe the best outcome will be a shock to the system and a need for a second election. Just maybe.

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